Amazon Revise Systems After Big Brother Debacle

Amazon have been forced to revise their systems which allowed them to removed purchased and downloaded copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from customer’s Kindle devices. The big brother styled swoop of Amazon’s arm happened last Friday and has led to a considerable on line debate and backlash against the giant internet retailer.

First reports suggested the move occured because the publisher and rights owner had decided to withdraw the Kindle editions of the books from sale, but Amazon has confirmed that the publisher uploaded books which they did not have the rights for.

Much of the debate centers around whether Amazon’s ‘Terms of Service’ actually allows them to remove purchased books from customer’s Kindle devices with The New York Times suggesting the move is at odds with their customer agreement and the terms make specific reference to the purchase of a ‘permanent copy’.

Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener said:

“We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances.”

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