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Kindle kops kid's skoolwork

Catching up on book news after vacation, I couldn't help but laugh at this: Amazon's move to swipe 1984 from customers' Kindles has sparked a lawsuit from a teen who says he also lost the notes for a homework assignment. Ain't America great?

According to a news release from the law firm KamberEdelson, Justin D. Gawronski, 17, bought George Orwell's classic for a homework assignment. Amazon deleted the book from his Kindle -- the company said later it did not have rights to the work -- making his electronic notes worthless.

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Jay Edelson, the lead attorney in the suit, said, "Amazon.com had no more right to hack into people's Kindles than its customers have the right to hack into Amazon's bank account to recover a mistaken overpayment."

The suit (click here for a copy) asks a judge to bar Amazon from improperly accessing people's Kindles in the future. It also seeks money relief for those who lost notes and other materials in addition to the deleted books.

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