updated 05:20 pm EDT, Thu October 1, 2009
Amazon shows new rules of deleting e-books
After its recent e-book deletion fiasco and subsequent apology, Amazon has revised its rules regarding remotely deleting e-book content on a user's Kindle reader. The new legal rules give Amazon four reasons that would validate and justify its removal of content. They include a user's consent, a user's request of a refund or failure to pay and a judicial or regulatory order that requires deletion or modification. Lastly, deletion is justified if the operation of the Kindle or the distribution network is threatened by the code, such as harmful code that can include viruses.
These changes were prompted after reaching a settlement with a high school student who sued Amazon after his copy of George Orwell's 1984 novel was deleted from his Kindle. Along with the novel, all of the student's annotations were deleted at the same time. Amazon offered other users a repayment in the form of an Amazon gift certificate or a check for deleting the books. [via MediaMemo]