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Kindle 2 Text To Speech Illegal?

Posted in Tech by Neil Koster on February 11, 2009

pirateflag1Day 3 of release and already the Kindle 2 from Amazon is creating a copyright/piracy  uproar. Author’s Guild Director Peter Aitken says the text to speech function of the Kindle 2 is a “Copyright Infringement” .“They don’t have the right to read a book out loud,” said  Aiken. “That’s an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law.” Amazon spokesman have pointed out that the text to speech function is actioned through a technology rather than a recorded book such as those it’s sister company Audible offers and therefore does not infringe the audible book regulations. The saga continues!

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  1. cptalan said, on February 12, 2009 at 12:54 am

    So does the Librarian have to stop reading to groups of kids or even the teacher reading to her class. What about the programs you can get for PC that will read the text. They want to be just like the music industry. Next, they will charge us ever time we move an ebook or audio file to a new device we have purchased.

  2. neilkoster said, on February 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I agree – the industry should be happy kids are not just ripping them off! they always want to squeeze a little extra


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