Major book publishers sue Amazon-owned app Audible for copyright infringement

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Amazon-owned app, Audible is being sued by a number of the large names within the publishing business, alleging that the audiobook firm’s new speech-to-text characteristic violates copyright legal guidelines.

The publishers – Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic and others are asking the courtroom to cease Amazon from providing the captions perform for its recorded works, set to launch September 10.

The lawsuit was reportedly filed on Friday in Manhattan federal courtroom. The courtroom doc states;

“Audible Captions takes Publishers’ proprietary audiobooks, converts the narration into unauthorized text, and distributes the entire text of these ‘new’ digital books to Audible’s customers.”

“Audible’s actions—taking copyrighted works and repurposing them for its own benefit without permission are the kind of quintessential infringement that the Copyright Act directly forbids,” the publishers added within the courtroom paper.

But Audible mentioned they’re “surprised and disappointed” by the lawsuit. A press release launched by them states;

“It is not and was never intended to be a book,” the corporate mentioned of the Captions characteristic.

“We disagree with the claims that this violates any rights and look forward to working with publishers and members of the professional creative community to help them better understand the educational and accessibility benefits of this innovation.”

Founded in 1995, Audible sells digital audiobooks, radio and TV applications, and audio variations of magazines and newspapers.

The Newark, New Jersey based mostly firm was acquired for about $300 million in January 2008 by