The Free Software Foundation’s Defective By Design campaign just added the Amazon Kindle to its list of companies that restrict consumers’ use of their products through aggressive use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology, reports ReadWriteWeb. The organization has started a petition against Amazon for restricting readers’ access to their own books and effectively discouraging reading options. Complaints include Amazon’s switch to publisher-controlled text-to-speech disabling and the removal of several pre-purchased works from the device. Most recently, 17-year-old Justin Gawronski filed suit against the company for removing George Orwell’s 1984 from his Kindle and rendering his electronic notes worthless. Defective By Design’s campaign aims to shame manufacturers and companies that purposely cripple products with built-in DRM restrictions. These restrictions generally are meant to limit the users’ access to their own media in order to increase profit margins, the foundation says. While Amazon’s locked-down business tactic has become standard practice for many eReader manufacturers, critics disagree with the tactic in the belief that educational material and personal property should remain accessible across platforms and services…

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