Amazon clears up Kindle content deletion policy

Summary:It seems that Amazon has settled a lawsuit that it picked up after deleting George Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm" from people's Kindle devices. As part of the settlement, Amazon has finally cleared up Kindle content deletion policy.

It seems that Amazon has settled a lawsuit that it picked up after deleting George Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm" from people's Kindle devices. As part of the settlement, Amazon has finally cleared up Kindle content deletion policy.

Here's the settlement, as uncovered by TechFlash:

Amazon will not remotely delete or modify such Works from Devices purchased and being used in the United States unless (a) the user consents to such deletion or modification; (b) the user requests a refund for the Work or otherwise fails to pay for the Work (e.g., if a credit or debit card issuer declines to remit payment); (c) a judicial or regulatory order requires such deletion or modification; or (d) deletion or modification is reasonably necessary to protect the consumer or the operation of a Device or network through which the Device communicates (e.g., to remove harmful code embedded within a copy of a Work downloaded to a Device).

As part of the settlement, Amazon will pay $150,000 to the plaintiff's lawyers, and the lead law firm KamberEdelson LLC has said it will donate its fee to charity.

If you are a Kindle owner, does this make you feel better about Amazon's remote delete feature?

Topics: Legal, Amazon, Banking, Enterprise Software

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