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Amazon randomly burns people's copies of 1984 - Journal of Omnifarious

Jul. 21st, 2009

03:25 pm - Amazon randomly burns people's copies of 1984

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The publisher of several books by George Orwell decided that they didn't like the fact that they'd published them electronically. Many people had bought these books for their Kindle. Mysteriously, these books completely disappeared from people's Kindle book readers.

In my humble opinion, people who bought a Kindle deserve exactly what they got, and I hope Amazon does it again. If you buy into DRM in any way you are asking for stuff like this to happen to you. The reasonable response is not to complain bitterly about how unfair it is, but to not buy DRM enabled products.

People seem in a terrible rush to trade away rights that are essential in the rush to convenience. They spare little thought for what they're doing and then act surprised at the ultimate result.

At the recent Convergence I was on a panel about copyright. People there persisted in calling copyright a 'property right' and referred to the vast network of weird and wonderful rights that are patents, trademarks and copyrights as 'intellectual property'. I object strongly to the conflation of trademark, patent and copyright into 'intellectual property'. The rules around each are very non-property-like and very different from each other.

And Techdirt comes to the rescue again with an article about how in many ways copyright is very much not a property right.

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Date:July 21st, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
to be fair, amazon did it because they discovered that the company which sold them the rights to distribute those books electronically didn't actually have the legal authority to do it. your link says the publisher decided that having them published as ebooks was a bad idea, but in reality the publisher sold rights it didn't have. it doesn't change the drm debate, but i like thigns to be accurate. :)
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Date:July 21st, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)

This is true


But what would've happened in the world of ordinary books? Would they have come to your house and broke in to reclaim the book?

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