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Apparently, the answer is Yes, that’s exactly what Amazon.com is doing. Lots of issues elaborated on in this Anderson-Cooper YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKmyHvdKsY4) so be sure to check out the video. This came to my attention via Plurk.
While Amazon.com has clearly crossed the line in terms of providing pedophile related content, a few questions come up:
- Should Amazon.com be policing it’s own inventory (e.g. Apple App store for iPod/iPad type involvement) or serving as a passthrough for content (e.g. club membership that anyone can access content)?
- Should Amazon.com be held liable for inappropriate or illegal content? If so, which country decides what’s appropriate and/or legal? What’s illegal in one country might be perfectly OK elsewhere.
- Where does the First Amendment (U.S. Constitution) factor in?
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