Group Calls On Amazon To End Kindle DRM

Launches petition

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The Free Software Foundation has launched an online petition to convince Amazon.com to drop its use of digital rights management (DRM) technology on its Kindle.

The move comes after Amazon deleted customers copies of George Orwell’s "Animal Farm" and "1984" without notice. Amazon says the titles were added to the Kindle store by a company that did not have the rights to them and it removed the copies at the request of the publisher from both its Kindle store and users personal electronic readers.

The online petition currently has more than 1,400 signatures including those of free software advocate Richard Stallman, Creative Commons and Change Congress co-founder Lawrence Lessig and Harvard law professor John Palfrey.

Peter T. Brown"The freedom to read without supervision or interference is central to a free society," said FSF executive director Peter Brown.

"When ebook products like the Kindle use DRM to restrict what users can do with their books, that is a clear threat to the free exchange of ideas."

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apologized for the error in a Kindle Community forum post. "This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our ‘solution’ to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles."

The Kindle terms and conditions state digital content is licensed to the user, but not owned by them.

"Digital Content will be deemed licensed to you by Amazon under this Agreement unless otherwise expressly provided by Amazon."

Group Calls On Amazon To End Kindle DRM
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  • Guest

    Amazon does not care. Suck it Bezos!

  • http://www.xyshop.co.uk Tania

    I hope that Amazon will act quickly rather than late but if you are looking for comparison shopping then http://www.xyshop.co.uk provides better comparison of products. It compares products from more than 3000 vendors including amazon.

  • Holmes Wilson

    Hi there,

    Saw you’d written about the Amazon / 1984 flap, and I thought you might be
    interested in the petition we launched yesterday:


    We have over 1400 signatures already, and signers include Lawrence Lessig,
    Clay Shirky, Cory Doctorow and other notable authors, librarians, and

    The petition opens:

    “We believe in a way of life based on the free exchange of ideas, in which
    books have and will continue to play a central role. Devices like Amazon’s
    are trying to determine how people will interact with books, but Amazon’s
    use of DRM to control and monitor users and their books constitutes a clear
    threat to the free exchange of ideas.”

    Please have a look, and if you support the cause or think it would be
    interesting to your readers, a blog post would be great!


    -Holmes Wilson
    Free Software Foundation

  • http://www.laokay.com Steve

    I think there is a point to DRM at a certain level. I mean if there was a master key that identified you and then you could copy that key and all your mp3’s and even movies to your other devices and get everything to work then why not?

    How about being able to expire an album from being accessed? So you could download the full version of somebody’s entire album and have access to it for the next 24 hours under their ‘trial’ version for say $0.99, listen to the entire thing over and over, and if you liked it, you could buy a full DRM license for like $9.00 or something. Way cheaper than buying it in a store I would think.

    Or the resume you gave last week to the receptionist of the place that didn’t hire you. They won’t be needing that anymore. Delete Access

  • http://www.mkv-converter-mac.com/ Guest

    I wished to have a kindle.

  • http://hubpages.com/profile/dame+scribe Gin

    I would have to support any business in it’s decision to delete access to content that is being provided *ILLEGALLY* unless one agrees to *theft* of property as quite normal. If the request had been made by the owner for removal then it should be respected and safeguarded. I don’t believe anybody but the owner should be financially rewarded for the works of others unless they have such permission.

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