New York Times takes on Amazon

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Amazon.com is turning another page in its legal battles.

The online bookseller received a letter from The New York Times May 17 ordering it to cease its 50% discount promotion on books listed on the Times' bestseller list, said Bill Curry, a spokesman at Amazon.com.

"We tried to work with them and [start] a dialogue with them over their concerns, as well as make any modifications, but [the Times] wanted nothing to do with it," Curry said. As a result, Amazon.com filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Seattle May 28, asking the court to review if the bookseller's actions were "fully acceptable and not infringing on the Times' copyright," he said.

The Times didn't return calls by press time.

Senior editor Sharon Gaudin contributed to this report.

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