The Internet has changed the rules of ownership forever. I mean how much did you pay for those 347 songs in your iPod?
Somewhere between 0-and zilch!
Don’t B.S. me, I know it, you know it, everybody knows it. I’m not going to tell on you, OK?
But what if you bought your digital copy of, I don’t know, a book. And let’s say (for argument sake, I feel very argumentative today, must be the heat) that you’re reading it in the train on your way to work and poof, it disappears from your digital reader/book thingy?
Did the batteries ran out?
401 Error Message-Massive Existence Failure?
The answer is–Amazon just yanked your copy from your machine through the interweb ether. Congratulations! Welcome to the digital age!
Don’t believe me?
On Friday, it was “1984” and another Orwell book, “Animal Farm,” that were dropped down the memory hole — by Amazon.com.
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.
But what about that annoying window that pops up and “informs” me of my rights under the license agreement? You know the one nobody reads?
Turns out that Amazon doesn’t care if you read it or not:
Amazon’s published terms of service agreement for the Kindle does not appear to give the company the right to delete purchases after they have been made. It says Amazon grants customers the right to keep a “permanent copy of the applicable digital content.”
Yeah, that didn’t stop them from reaching into your files and erasing whatever the hell they wanted. Which led to some, just a few mind you, irate costumers:
People who bought the rescinded editions of the books reacted with indignation, while acknowledging the literary ironies involved. “Of all the books to recall,” said Charles Slater, an executive with a sheet-music retailer in Philadelphia, who bought the digital edition of “1984” for 99 cents last month. “I never imagined that Amazon actually had the right, the authority or even the ability to delete something that I had already purchased.”
Which is the polite way of saying, “WFT! I paid for this shit! You motherfucking retards! I want my money back, you hear me!,” or words to that effect.
It’s like they don’t want you to pay for it, or something. Way to go Amazon.
And now for another bastard child of the digital age (because the Internet makes no claims of ownership or parentage, but it whores itself on a first come first serve basis), Bill Maher’s New Rules comment on how America is like Michael Jackson (which now has been canceled so we bring to you something completely different):
P.S. The internet makes no claim of ownership, but HBO certainly does.