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I am from a high school in PA and we are looking at purchasing Kindles to loan out to students.  Right now there is some buzz around my coordinator asking if we are breaking any copyright laws or breaking Amazon's Terms of conditions with distributinig the device.  Here are the terms of conditions from Amazon.  This was taken from another discussion started by another member.  But it causes me to stop and think.  Has anyone else been through the thought process about this?    Here is a list of the terms of conditions from Amazon:



Use of Digital Content. Upon your download of Digital Content and payment of any applicable fees (including applicable taxes), the Content Provider grants you a non-exclusive right to view, use, and display such Digital Content an unlimited number of times, solely on the Kindle or a Reading Application or as otherwise permitted as part of the Service, solely on the number of Kindles or Other Devices specified in the Kindle Store, and solely for your personal, non-commercial use. Unless otherwise specified, Digital Content is licensed, not sold, to you by the Content Provider. The Content Provider may post additional terms for Digital Content in the Kindle Store. Those terms will also apply, but this Agreement will govern in the event of a conflict. Some Digital Content, such as Periodicals, may not be available to you through Reading Applications.


Limitations. Unless specifically indicated otherwise, you may not sell, rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense, or otherwise assign any rights to the Digital Content or any portion of it to any third party, and you may not remove or modify any proprietary notices or labels on the Digital Content. In addition, you may not bypass, modify, defeat, or circumvent security features that protect the Digital Content. 

Device and Software

Use of the Software. You may use the Software only on a Kindle or through a Reading Application on an Other Device. You may not separate any individual component of the Software for use on another device or computer, may not transfer it for use on another device or computer or use it, or any portion of it, over a network, and may not sell, rent, lease, lend, distribute, or sublicense or otherwise assign any rights to the Software in whole or in part. Additional terms apply to some of the third party software or materials on the Kindle, and will govern in the event of a conflict with this Agreement. For more information, see the Legal section in the Kindle Settings menu.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be helpful!  Thanks!

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I came across this website when researching the library lending of Kindles.  The topic is very confusing and Amazon doesn't really answer the question clearly.  I am certain that Amazon knows lending is going on based on the attached website as well is helping districts obtain materials, etc.
I called Amazon and was told our intended use of loaning book-filled Kindles to students from the library was fine. 
That's what I have been hearing too but I guess no one can get anything in writing.  It just seems to be a verbal agreement.  Thanks for the response!

Jackie Keith said:
I called Amazon and was told our intended use of loaning book-filled Kindles to students from the library was fine. 


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