Originally Posted by AnemicOak
Lets not go starting rumors and speculation. If that was really the case we'd know about it by now.
See this link:
Amazon INTENTIONALLY deleted George Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm" per that link. You must be registered with the NY Times to read that.
Here is the quote:
"In a move that angered customers and generated waves of online pique, Amazon remotely deleted some digital editions of the books from the Kindle devices of readers who had bought them.
An Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said in an e-mail message that the books were added to the Kindle store by a company that did not have rights to them, using a self-service function. “When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers’ devices, and refunded customers,” he said.
Amazon effectively acknowledged that the deletions were a bad idea. “We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances,” Mr. Herdener said."
Thus, its not supposed to happen again. However, it did happen at least once.
However, by removing DRM or otherwise altering copyrighted eBooks, you probably did violate the publisher's licensing agreement. I'm sure most publishers do NOT permit this kind of activity.
Next time you lose an eBook, call Amazon CS and ask they why it happened. Then you will know the reason. In addition, if you paid for the eBook, I'm sure Amazon will refund the price to you and tell you the reason it happened. If you paid zero, don't expect a refund.
Movies and music are also covered by similar copyright laws.