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Yeah, amen .. and like when those civilians the govt gave guns and called them police will turn on the general public and we'll all be sent to re-education camps to learn to hate guns and love only vegetables once the Obama admin gives the signal. Lighten up Francis ...

Posted by doba on July 19, 2009 at 10:39 PM PDT #

Before crying foul & getting all excited, it might be worth thinking why Amazon (a company that pioneered DRM free MP3) would use a proprietary book format in the first place and resort to deleting books remotely? Maybe the publishers or the copyright owners arm twisted them (with concerns over piracy)? It deserves at least one attempt to take a more balanced view ? http://news.cnet.com/8301-13512_3-10290133-23.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

It will take a while, but I'm sure Amazon will make the publishing industry see the light in due course (like the music industry did). They obviously realize that shrugging off the proprietary image will get them a lot of free PR when competing with the likes of B&N and Google.

Posted by Bharath R on July 21, 2009 at 04:56 PM PDT #

I'm afraid I disagree. Think how you'd feel in the paper book world in the same circumstances. Would it be OK for the bookstore to break into your house, remove your book (complete with any notes you've written in it) and leave money in the table? No - and they wouldn't. They would just settle with the copyright holder and withdraw the books from their store.

So why is the equivalent behaviour OK in the digital realm? Just because they can doesn't mean they should.

Posted by Simon Phipps on July 21, 2009 at 05:14 PM PDT #

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