There was some talk about this. Short version: Amazon found out the company that uploaded Animal Farm and 1984 on the Kindle didn't have the rights to them, so Amazon hastily went and deleted the two from their customers' Kindles without asking and refunded their money.
I have no idea how on Earth they thought this kind of behaviour was ever acceptable, I have to admit. If someone walked into their houses uninvited, took their stuff and left the money to pay for how much it cost, they'd likely be outraged - but this was pretty much what they did, here.
Not to mention the absolute Big Brother thing of being able to access and edit YOUR books on YOUR machine whenever THEY like... Them having that ability in the first place is obscene! What's the betting that's not mentioned in the product description under 'features'...
Post by The Sonar Chicken on Jul 22, 2009 18:11:38 GMT
Erm, well... as someone noted on a private board:
This is why the Kindle is doomed.
My thoughts: as long as Ebook companies and the publishers as well as the copyright holders are all wrapped up about something called "copyrights", "DRM" and "non-approved distribution of books = Illegal", all Ebook readers issued by companies like Amazon, etc. are created to fail. There're other kind of ebook readers, I think, independent and non-susceptible to the pitfalls Kindle has.
An article here in a newspa<per says that the copyrights for these Orwell texts have ended here in Europe already, but not so in the U.S. and someone still claimed the copyright over them for the U.S. , and that's why they were erased.
But more disturbingly is the remote access they provide ...
"The day writes the words right across the sky ... ... they go all the way up to the top of the night." (Sunset - Kate Bush - Aerial)
"Greeks also had myths. A myth is a young female moth."
Post by The Sonar Chicken on Jul 25, 2009 14:45:27 GMT
Anyways, I finally found out HOW Amazon managed to delete those books. By using: Whispernet.
Someone on the same private forum I mentioned, said this:
"The whole issue with removing purchased items by Amazon is only available with whispernet. When I buy anything (and I rarely buy anything from Amazon for the Kindle except magazine subscriptions) I simply transfer them using the computer. It takes all of 30 seconds, and without whispernet Amazon has no access to my Kindle to do anything."
So yes, this info doesn't make Amazon any less guilty but choosing not to install Whispernet does at least give users an option to stay out of any of such controversies in the future.