Amazon Sued Over Deleted E-Book

Amazon.com has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a high school student over the online retailer's deletion of an e-book he bought for his Kindle electronic reader.

Justin D. Gawronski, 17, sued Amazon after it erased copies of the George Orwell novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" from customers' Kindles in July. Seattle-based Amazon cited a problem with rights to the books and issued refunds to buyers.

Gawronski's suit claimed removing "1984" from his Kindle made electronic notes he had taken on the e-reader useless. He was reading "1984" for a class.

In the settlement, which was filed this week in a U.S. District Court in Seattle, Amazon agreed that it won't remotely delete books from U.S. users' Kindles except for in a few specified situations. A judge still has to approve the proposed deal.


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  • by Blake on Oct 2, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    The issue here is that the copies of the books was the property of the student, and not Amazon's. This is the equivalent of Walmart selling you a copy of Microsoft Windows, and then going into your computer and deleting it. It is simply illegal. I'm glad this case was settled quickly; this sort of thing needs to never happen again.
  • by dave on Oct 2, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    They did refund his purchase. This 17 year old was mad because he lost his class notes. I can definitely understand that. I just wonder how much he sued for. Seems frivolous, but most law suits are.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Oct 2, 2009 at 04:39 AM
    They should have bought the man hard copy versions of the book to shut him up. They could have also offered a refund on his Kindle purchase. This would have been a cheaper alternative. Amazon is great.
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