Tuesday, August 4, 2009

More on Kindlegate

In an earlier blog I told you of the angst amongst Kindliers over Amazon cyberstealing back their copy of George Orwell's 1984. Apparently they didn't have permission to sell it in the first place on Kindles.

Their acolytes revolted, claiming Amazon had no right to creep electronically into their eReaders to snatch back their paid-for downloads. On their forums things got angry.

Now it has reached boil-over. A 17 year old high school senior in the States named Justin D. Gawronski, has sued Amazon for stealing off with his legit download because he had done copious notes from it for his college course work. The notes disappeared along with his book back into the bosom of Amazon. He has filed suit in a federal court.

I don't know about you but, at 17, I was discovering girls, strong drink and the delights of football. The last thought I had was to sue somebody. Perhaps that's why I'm not rich. Perhaps Justin D. G has a dad who's a lawyer. Or, with the thought of the millions a class action against one of the world's top companies might bring him, he's an entrepreneur in the making - or a law student.

Whatever the reasons behind it, Justin has found the backers and the money to go head-to-head with a phalanx of the world's top lawyers. I hope he knows what he's doing. Maybe this is the new way to attract the posh girls at high school?

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