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[News] Amazon's DRM Scandal Not Over Yet

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Amazon Faces a Fight Over Its E-Books 

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| A growing number of civil libertarians and customer advocates wants Amazon to 
| fundamentally alter its method for selling Kindle books, lest it be forced to 
| one day change or recall books, perhaps by a judge ruling in a defamation 
| case — or by a government deciding a particular work is politically damaging 
| or embarrassing.    
| “As long as Amazon maintains control of the device it will have this ability 
| to remove books and that means they will be tempted to use it or they will be 
| forced to it,” said Holmes Wilson, campaigns manager of the Free Software 
| Foundation.   


Amazon Kindle doomed to repeat Big Brother moment

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| Yes, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has apologized for the Orwellian removal of 
| Orwell from digital book readers tucked inside the pockets of American 
| citizens. And yes, the new-age retailer has promised not to repeat its Big 
| Brother moment. But that's not a promise it can promise to keep.   
| [...]
| This uneasy feeling was only exacerbated by the fact that Amazon removed the 
| books out from under Orwell lovers without explicitly telling them it was 
| doing so. There were refund notices sent via email, but nothing more. Many 
| Kindlers were left to wonder why their books had disappeared - while others 
| wondered why there was a refund.    



Amazon Kindle powered by Linux, FSF not impressed

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| Amazon is also using BusyBox (how can you not if you're running embedded?),
| so it's a good thing they've released that code - BusyBox has been active in
| recent years by way of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) in making sure
| that vendors that use their code actually comply with the GPL.


Impeach Bezos for Amazon's Kindle Swindle

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| We hope he gets the message that he's swindling his customers and in the
| process undermining important fundamental freedoms to read and share. Amazon
| seems to understand this message when it comes to music -- why don't they get
| it when it comes to the Kindle?

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