1984 is back and making up for lost time.
A public and self-critical apology may have smoothed ruffled feathers for the vast majority of Kindle users who purchased e-books of George Orwell's classic novels 1984 and Animal Farm; however, it was not enough for two readers who recently filed a class action suit against Amazon for the abrupt removal of the books from their Kindle accounts and as well from the accounts of any users who purchased one or both of the e-books.
The complaint does not specify a specific amount of damages but does request restitution and damages for the deletions.
Do the claims hold water?
The Amazon-centric Digital Rights Management (DRM) agreement that users must agree to before using Kindle has irked customers and observers for some time because of the overarching control Amazon reserves even after the purchase is complete. That being said, it is pretty rare for a group to claim that Amazon violated its Terms of Service by actually exercising them.
The digital rights argument is moving from computer screen to court room with the help of Big Brother and Snowball. Perhaps the case will shape the amorphous area of digital rights, or cause websites to alter their DRM's...or maybe it will just fizzle and quietly disappear from memory like a pop-up ad.
- Amazon sued over Kindle deletion of Orwell books (seattlepi.com)
- Ridiculous lawsuit against Amazon (ZDNet.com)
- High School Student Sues Amazon.com Over Deletion of Summer Homework (PR News Channel)
- The Kindle Spindle: Digital Rights in the Age of E-books and Amazon's Apology (FindLaw's Technologist)