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In his software class, Dan had learned that each book had a copyright monitor that reported when and where it was read, and by whom, to Central Licensing. (They used this information to catch reading pirates, but also to sell personal interest profiles to retailers.) The next time his computer was networked, Central Licensing would find out.1
An Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said in an e-mail message that the books were added to the Kindle store by a company that did not have rights to them, using a self-service function. “When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers’ devices, and refunded customers.”2
2012: Etablerad metod
Kindle Content is licensed, not sold, [and] Your rights under this Agreement will automatically terminate if you fail to comply with any term of this Agreement. In case of such termination, you must cease all use of the Kindle Store and the Kindle Content, and Amazon may immediately revoke your access to the Kindle Store and the Kindle Content without refund of any fees.3
1 Richard Stallman – The Right to Read, Communications of the ACM, Vol. 40, No. 2, February 1997 (hämtat 2013-02-20)
2 Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle, The New York Times, 2009-07-18 (hämtat 2013-02-20) – Ironin i att just 1984 var en av böckerna som raderades tål nog att pekas ut ett antal gånger till.