Saturday, August 1, 2009

Rayne's Ramblings: Amazon being sued over hacking Kindles

It seems I'm not the only person in the world who understands that what Amazon.com did by removing two George Orwell books from Kindle readers was hacking. Ugly hacking. The very thing Orwell wrote about. The very thing they arrest individuals for doing.

Okay - who at Amazon is going to jail?

A high school student in Seattle is sueing corporate giant Amazon for removing his copy of "1984" from his Kindle. Along with the book, Amazon stole all the notes he'd made as part of an advance placement course in which he was required to submit his reflections on each 100 pages of text in the story. He was 25% through his assignment when he was hacked by Amazon.

Pissed off? I don't blame him a bit.

Hacking is hacking. I bet George Orwell would agree.

Now I wonder if my books will "disappear" from Amazon's website. If so, Orwell saw it coming.

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