Saturday, October 3, 2009

Even more on Kindlegate. Justin gets his money

In an August post we discussed the great Kindlegate saga. (see Blog Archive More on Kindlegate.) Amazon cyber-snatched back purchased copies of George Orwell's 1984 from the hard drives of the owners of Kindle eReaders. The company discovered they didn't have copyright clearance to sell the work in the first place. Angry Kindleers protested at Amazon's high-handed snatch back, claiming the first they knew was when a refund appeared in their bank statements. Some even described Amazon as "electronic burglars."

I reported that U.S. 17 year old student, Justin D Gawronski, was so incensed that he sued the company for the loss of his notes on the book. He was using Orwell's classic for high school course work.

Today the enterprising Justin got his reward. $150,000 dollars worth. Amazon settled with a grovelling apology from CEO Jeff Bezos. He says "it was stupid, thoughtless and painfully out of line with our principles." see The Register.

I flippantly suggested that Justin had found a new way to impress the posh girls at his school. A cheque for $150,000 should go a long way toward that. Save the last laugh for Justin.

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