Kindle Users Sue Over Amazon's Orwellian Deletes

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2009 6:38 AM CDT
Kindle users who had their books deleted without permission are seeking to have Amazon stripped of the ability to delete content remotely.   (©jblyberg)

(Newser) – Customers who had their paid-for copies of 1984 and Animal Farm yanked from their Kindles over a copyright issue are taking Amazon to court, InformationWeek reports. The company has apologized for its action and vowed not to repeat it, but the plaintiffs, who include a high school student whose homework was deleted with the book, say the mere fact that Amazon can delete content at will diminishes the value of their Kindles.

" had no more right to hack into people's Kindles than its customers have the right to hack into Amazon's bank account to recover a mistaken overpayment," a lawyer representing the customers said. "Technology companies increasingly feel that because they have the ability to access people's personal property, they have the right to do so. That is 100% contrary to the laws of this country."