Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 18th Feb 2009 00:00 UTC
Legal The Author's Guild has been having some trouble coping with the Kindle 2's Read to Me feature because it supposedly undermines author's rights. Their argument? "They don't have the right to read a book out loud." It sounds ridiculous; we've been reading out loud since we were wee little children, and text-to-speech has been in use since before the Google Empire (by hundreds of years technically, and by decades literally). However, after explanation by Engadget's very own pretentious ex-copyright attorney, the blurred lines of law and lawlessness gets even blurrier. Does the Author's Guild have a valid point, or are they splitting hairs?
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RE[3]: wha?
by Fergy on Wed 18th Feb 2009 08:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: wha?"
Fergy
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2006-04-10

It is about what they're selling you and 'lost sales' of audio books.

It would even be legal to buy the book and hire someone to read it and record it to mp3s so you can listen to it from your mp3 player.

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