I recently read a relevant commentary by, Michael Seringhaus, a third year Yale law student, that raises a lot of seemingly perpetual questions surrounding copyright, licensing, and law. (And, more importantly, it raises personal questions like: Why didn’t I choose to become an attorney?)
Here were my thoughts:
1. If you never own a Kindle book, then Amazon has the rights to take it from you.
2. If you never own a Kindle book, then you can never resell it.
3. If you never own a Kindle book, and Amazon has the right to take it from you without notice, and you can never resell it; how much money is a fair price for it?
After all, a traditional print copy could never legally be taken from your personal library; not even if there were some problem with the stores rights to sell it. Seringhaus argues several reasons for why this particular agreement and e-book licensing in general will be successfully challenged in court or deemed unenforceable. I look forward to closely following the debate.
“Kindle, How to Buy a Book, But Not Own It”