“A class action lawsuit filed today takes Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) to task after the company deleted George Orwell books from customers’ Kindles. According to the lawsuit, Amazon.com deleted these books after claiming that it had mistakenly sold them without permission from the copyright owner.
After a barrage of criticism from customers, the media, and public interest organizations, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apologized for the company’s behavior, conceding that it was “stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles.”
The suit is being brought by Justin D. Gawronski, a 17-year-old high school student who had purchased Orwell’s “1984” to complete a summer homework assignment.
When Amazon deleted the book from his Kindle, it rendered the electronic notes he had taken worthless.”
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