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Amazon sued for deleting e-books from its Kindle device

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A 17-year-old student is suing Internet giant Amazon.com for deleting his e-book copy of George Orwell’s 1984 —along with a series of electronic notes he’d written– from his Kindle device, according to the AP. In mid-July, Amazon deleted copies of Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from users’ Kindle devices because it was discovered that those particular electronic editions were pirated (affected customers received a credit on their accounts). But high school student Justin D. Gawronski and adult reader Antoine J. Bruguier filed a lawsuit on July 30 in Seattle, claiming the Internet company never told its customers that it “possessed the ability or right to remotely delete digital content purchased through the Kindle Store.” Gawronski was nearly halfway through reading 1984 for a school assignment when both the novel and his personal notes vanished from his Kindle.