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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by helf on Wed 18th Feb 2009 00:25 UTC
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oh god. This is seriously just pathetic and sad at this point. I'm so sick of seeing new copyright infringement or patent infringement news articles daily, literally.

And, no, I have not read the article.

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RE: wha?
by Accident on Wed 18th Feb 2009 01:58 in reply to "wha?"
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I agree, if they're not playing it in front of a crowed over a loud speaker, whats the problem. If they're not playing it over the radio, whats the problem.

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RE[2]: wha?
by Yamin on Wed 18th Feb 2009 03:37 in reply to "RE: wha?"
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It's not about the crowds or playing it in public.
It is about what they're selling you and 'lost sales' of audio books.

For example, let's say they sell a book for $1.00.
They also sell the audio book for $3.00.

If you have the kindle with text-to-speech then they have a lost profit opportunity.

That's their argument. I totally disagree with it ;)
It is probably the most insane EULA they are pushing here ;) As far as I'm concerned when you buy a book, you are purchasing a personal right to the content in the book. If a technology exists to transform it to speech, wonderful. You're not buying the words... but the content.

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