[sf-lug] [Fwd: [FSF] Amazon, 1984, and what we're doing about it.]

Tyler Trafford ttrafford at gmail.com
Tue Jul 21 19:32:38 PDT 2009

Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Rohen Peterson (peterson.rohen at gmail.com):
>> I don't believe the issue is purely DRM. Amazon can't sell illegally copied
>> material, with or without DRM.
> Suppose a bookstore sold you a book.  Then, a week later, you find a
> note on the bookshelf in the living room saying the bookstore determined
> that the publisher lacked legal rights to publish that book in your
> country, and therefore had entered your living room during the night to
> take the book back.

While Amazon's actions here set a disturbing precedent, what happened 
here is absolutely nothing like the comparison you are trying to make.

The books from Amazon on the Kindle are never owned* by the consumer- 
all that is bought is really just viewing rights.

[*] Otherwise you could sell it to someone else when you were done, 
which is forbidden by the EULA.
Tyler Trafford

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