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[2]: wha?
by Yamin on Wed 18th Feb 2009 03:37 UTC in reply to "RE: wha?"
Yamin
Member since:
2006-01-10

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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RE[3]: wha?
by Fergy on Wed 18th Feb 2009 08:49 in reply to "RE[2]: wha?"
Fergy Member since:
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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RE[3]: wha?
by steogede2 on Sun 22nd Feb 2009 14:28 in reply to "RE[2]: wha?"
steogede2 Member since:
2007-08-17

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 ;)


I am glad you do, as there arguement is fundamentally flawed. If they sell the book for $1 and the audio book for $3 - then what is to stop them selling the e-book for $5 and making even more profit? After all, it's not as though Kindle can take the paper book, OCR it and then read it out with the emotion and drama of an audio book.

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