Controversy over taxation has arisen on multiple occasions: It was reported in 2012 that Amazon is under investigation in the UK, while in the US the company has attracted criticism for only collecting sales tax from customers in five states.Compounding these problems, there have been reports of poor treatment of workers, with allegations of summary dismissals for health problems and anti-unionization tactics including mass layoffs. The bookstore has carried titles such as The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure and cockfighting magazine The Game Cock, which has attracted condemnation and even legal action from various organizations.There have been incidents where purchased content has been remotely deleted from Kindle devices, with neither notification nor permission.Content controversy extends to Amazon's websites, with some voicing doubts over the neutrality of the product review process, and noting the ease with which those affiliated or competing with a product can contribute anonymously. Amazon's use of the one-click patent against competitor Barnes & Noble's website led the Free Software Foundation to announce a boycott of Amazon in December 1999.In 2002, Amazon faced a challenge to the legitimacy of their Canadian operations, although that case was subsequently dropped.A 2009 ruling in Japan found that the company, which had tried to avoid paying corporate tax in the country, was in fact liable to pay.Amazon and others have cited freedom of speech as justification for stocking controversial work.However this was brought into question in 2010 when it stopped hosting the Wikileaks website.
Industry leaders Tim O'Reilly and Charlie Jackson spoke out against the patent, to Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, protesting the 1-click patent and the affiliate program patent, and petitioning him to "avoid any attempts to limit the further development of Internet commerce". On February 25, 2003, the company was granted a patent titled "Method and system for conducting a discussion relating to an item on Internet discussion boards".
This includes documented instances of price differentiation, enforcement of controversial patents against competitors, attempts to prevent discounted direct selling by publishers, and a declared intention to cease working with third-party print on demand services in favor of its own.
Questions have been raised concerning the company's legal compliance.
Since its founding, the website has attracted criticism and controversy from multiple sources, where the ethics of certain business practices and policies have been drawn into question.
Amazon has faced numerous allegations of anti-competitive or monopolistic behavior, both in and out of court.
O'Reilly collected 10,000 signatures The protest ended with O'Reilly and Bezos visiting Washington, D. On May 12, 2006, the USPTO ordered a re-examination of the "One-Click" patent, based on a request filed by actor Peter Calveley, who cited the prior art of an earlier e-commerce patent and the Digicash electronic cash system.