In a recent Telegraph column, journalist Paul Carr praised Amazon.com, Inc. for last week’s digital scandal–proposing that the company had every right to remotely remove two titles from users’ Kindles.
The company incurred the wrath of Kindle users when they remotely deleted unauthorized editions of “1984” and “Animal Farm” that customers had purchased for the e-reader. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apologized, and the company refunded users. According to Carr (pictured, via), it wasn’t a question of censorship, it was a question of author copyright protection.
Here’s more from the unapologetic essay: “[T]hanks to ebooks and the Kindle and Whispernet, the rights of authors–and their reward for spending their lives creating ideas and entertainment that benefit the world–can be protected and actively enforced. For that reason, Amazon were not just justified but obliged, both morally and legally, to take the action they did.” (Via TeleRead)