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  •  Because the kindle network (0+ / 0-)

    is run by Amazon. It's an end to end service you pay for when you buy your kindle.

    If Barnes and Noble sold illegal copies of books in their store even if they bought them from a publisher in good faith, they would be legally liable for those books if the continued distributing them after finding out and not doing everything they can within their power to recover the copies they sold.

    They can remove content at their discretion as part of the terms of service to which people who purchase Kindles agree when they buy them. If you don't like those terms don't buy a Kindle.

    Last time I checked no one is being forced to buy and use Kindles against their will.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix -6.0 -5.33

    by Cali Techie on Sat Jul 18, 2009 at 04:48:01 PM PDT

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    •  Of course no one is forced (0+ / 0-)

      to buy a Kindle (and I won't, after this), but it seems to me that this is a testing ground for how services like this operate going forward, and therefore an important debate to have.

      While there may be a choice at present, 20 years from now Amazon-like licensing structures could very well become the default, so it's worth asking whether it's the best approach.

      I think the bottom line question is whether Amazon is "stuck" maintaining the level of control that you're describing, or whether they could set up a system with a greater level of privacy and control to the user; i.e., the design of the current system is more by choice than by necessity.

      •  Amazon-like licensing structures (0+ / 0-)

        are the default. You're going to run into it anywhere commercial content is being distributed. Why? Because that's what the law requires.

        When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix -6.0 -5.33

        by Cali Techie on Sat Jul 18, 2009 at 05:17:59 PM PDT

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        •  In terms of illegal content, yes (0+ / 0-)

          But not in terms of the ability to remove content at their discretion for any reason. I'd rather not see that become the standard practice, maybe we can agree on that?

          •  It's already a standard structure (0+ / 0-)

            There's only one other service that's similar, and that's iTunes, which basically says the same thing. They won't come in and remove something you've put on the device, but if it's something you got from their service and it's deemed that it shouldn't be there for whatever reason, they're going to yank it.

            As I pointed out elsewhere the penalties for illegally distributing copyrighted material are quite steep and companies aren't going to risk it.

            When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix -6.0 -5.33

            by Cali Techie on Sun Jul 19, 2009 at 12:49:13 AM PDT

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