A class action lawsuit filed today takes Amazon.com 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 companys 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 Orwells 1984 to complete a summer homework assignment.
When Amazon deleted the book from his Kindle, it rendered the electronic notes he had taken worthless.