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Old 06-15-2012, 12:08 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by geekmaster View Post
Flashing a firmware image to a device that you own is considered "fair use" in many countries. Public distribution of that image without permission from the copyright holder IS copyright infringement.
I think you misunderstand me. I don't think there's the slightest issue with reflashing the firmware on a Kindle that you've bought in the normal way. It may perhaps be a technical copyright violation to download a ROM image from somewhere, but only the most anal of people would regard it as "wrong".

Where the issue lies here is that a Demo Kindle has never been licensed to run the retail firmware. Does the buyer have the legal right to install the retail firmware on it? It's a grey area, at best. It may very well not be legal to do so.
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