More Crazed Copyright Stuff: Kindle

Saturday, February 28, 2009
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Kindle’s text-to-speech feature.

Some publishers and agents expressed concern about the Kindle 2′s feature that reads text aloud with a computer-generated voice.

Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild, had said the right to read a book out loud is an audio right, which is protected under copyright law.

The problem is that consumers may “confuse this with the audiobook experience.” See Roy Blount’s (president of the Author’s Guild) statist op-ed on this in the New York Times. Here is the Amazon news release. See one of Jeff Tucker’s many excellent writings on intellectual property.

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