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Old 07-30-2009, 05:32 PM   #1
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Student sues Amazon after Kindle eats his homework

feel like this is pry here some where but I dont see it.

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It seems we have yet another reason to volley complaints in Amazon's directions. 17-year old high school Justin Gawronski had apparently been taking electronic notes and annotations on his Kindle for a summer assignment on George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Yeah, you can probably guess where this is going -- after the retailer remotely pulled the plug on that particular version of the book, Gawronski's notes were lost in the ethers, rendered useless. The suit, which is seeking class action status, asks that Amazon be legally blocked from improperly accessing users' Kindles in the future and punitive damages for those affected by the deletion -- and if he asks nice, we're pretty sure Jeff would write his teacher a note.
http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/30/s...-his-homework/
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:51 PM   #2
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Apparently the kid should still have his notes, unless he intentionally wiped his Kindle. Notes for all of the e-books on a Kindle are saved in a text file called "My Clippings." It's easily accessible just by connecting the Kindle to a computer via USB.

I didn't have any of my books wiped out, but kid's notes ought to remain in the file. If so, there go the damages claim....
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:54 PM   #3
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it may be that everything associated with the book is wiped. After all, Amazon didnt foresee that any deletion would be due to illegal uploads, but only to 'not wanting the book', and if you dont want the book, any annotations on the book should be gone as well.
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:56 PM   #4
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At least he is not asking for a stupid sum of money, blocking Amazon from ever deleting a book purchased is a good move.
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Old 07-30-2009, 07:16 PM   #5
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Well, the kid found his notes, but claims they are "rendered useless" because he can't figure out what part of the books it references.

He's definitely asking for monetary damages, though the amount is not specified as far as I can tell.
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Well, the kid found his notes, but claims they are "rendered useless" because he can't figure out what part of the books it references.
I'd say he has a good point there.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:15 PM   #7
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I'd say he has a good point there.
He bought the book in good faith from Amazon and then Amazon goes and removes it making his homework useless. He has a very good case. I do think he will win.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:23 PM   #8
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He bought the book in good faith from Amazon and then Amazon goes and removes it making his homework useless. He has a very good case. I do think he will win.
I also think he has a valid point.
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Sucks for him but I definitely don't think it is worth suing over. I mean the guy is 17, I think it's pretty likely his analysis of 1984 wasn't groundbreaking, and his high school 'assignment' is probably 5000 words, so not a huge stretch.
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:29 AM   #10
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... or this is just a 21st century variation of 'the dog ate my homework!'


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I think his case will be as strong as his laywer is imaginative...or Amazon may go down the road of "He'll win if it ever gets to court in the first place" ala Wal-mart theory of law....
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I bet they kid will lose.
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He has a very good case. I don't think he will win.
Now it's correct
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... or this is just a 21st century variation of 'the dog ate my homework!'


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"It was a really good paper...."



I don't know how this will turn out, but I'm fairly certain the dollar amount the class action lawyers have in mind will have no basis in reality.
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