Amazon Kindle / Orwell Fiasco and the Authors' Class Actions ... today at Beyond Chron
Last week brought one of those quirky stories, combining legal confusion and Big Brother overtones – the kind technology journalists love to bat around. Amazon.com, whose Kindle appliance is taking the book industry by storm, discovered that it hadn’t acquired the electronic rights to George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984, which Amazon was already marketing on Kindle. Amazon immediately pulled the books out of its e-catalogue and remotely expunged them from the Kindle accounts of customers who had purchased them. The New York Times retailed the anecdote with a cheeky and predictable headline, highlighting the irony of invading privacy in the name of the master literary chronicler of totalitarianism. As lead respondent in a writers’ rights dispute now before the U.S. Supreme Court, I have a dog in this fight. Some of the issues of Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick dovetail with questions about a proposed settlement in federal district court of a class action sparked by Google’s project to scan and market books online.
FULL TEXT at "Amazon’s Orwell Fiasco Proves Congress Must Design Information Age Solutions," http://www.beyondchron.org/articles/Amazon_s_Orwell_Fiasco_Proves_Congress_Must_Design_Information_Age_Solutions_7158.html