Days after YouTube is mistakenly blamed for the copyright infringement of others, now comes the news that Amazon.com is about to be sued for offering cockfighting magazines (no seriously). Yes, the Humane Society claims that Amazon is breaking the Animal Welfare Act, which "prohibits the use of the U.S. mail for the purpose of promoting or furthering animal fighting activities." Of course, again, we should ask if Amazon.com is really the proper target. Yes, they do offer these magazines (I checked and am now somewhat worried about what Amazon's recommendation engine is going to start popping up for me...), but similar to YouTube, they're really just the platform. It appears that the magazine subscriptions are provided through a third party (Magazine Express) that simply uses Amazon as their storefront to offer various magazine subscriptions. Shouldn't the Humane Society target the publishers of these magazines rather than Amazon? In the meantime, Amazon has responded, claiming that customers should be able to determine on their own what's appropriate to purchase.
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