Kindle Brings Fire to the Law of Cloud Computing

Today, Amazon announced the Kindle Fire tablet computer. Though the Internet is abuzz about the price (US$199), the device is also notable for its reliance on cloud computing.

At the product launch in New York, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos positioned the Kindle Fire as not so much a tablet but a media service enabling owners to access music, movie, and book libraries streamed direct from Amazon’s servers.

Cloud computing may be the future, but is the law equipped to address it? In a blog post entitled “Cloud Computing, Digital Lockers and Copyright: The Cloudification of Entertainment” lawyers Dan Schnapp and Matt Syrkin argue the law has yet to catch up to the technology:

[C]loud-based delivery, storage and consumption of entertainment content, whether overtly and implicitly, implicates many of the exclusive rights afforded copyright holders and stakeholders need to remain vigilant about allocating risk when the laws in the US and overseas have yet to suitably address the contours of these services and the corresponding technologies at play.

The authors come to their conclusions upon a survey of the two leading U.S. cases — Cartoon Network, LLP v. CSC Holding Inc. and Capitol Records LLC et al. v. MP3tunes, LLC — which show the courts have only begun to address the complex questions brought on by the cloud.