Remember when the net was all abuzz when Kindle remotely deleted copies of George Orwell’s novels “1984″ and “Animal Farm” from customers’ Kindles in July? Remember when after that, Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos called the move in addressing the problem “stupid, thoughtless and painfully out of line with our principles”?
Well, apparently it wasn’t enough for a high school student whose copy of “1984” which he was reading for class was also deleted. Justin D. Gawronski, 17, filed a lawsuit claiming that the “1984” novel removed from his Kindle rendered all his electronic notes and annotations he made on the e-reader useless.
Now, Amazon.com has agreed to settle this lawsuit. Filed last week in a U.S. District Court in Seattle, the company agreed it will never remotely delete e-books from U.S. Kindle users except for special specified instances. As to whether the judge approves the deal is yet to be known. 😉