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Amazon’s Audible is settling with publishers over new text feature

Amazon’s Audible unit is nearing settlement on a lawsuit filed by publishers who claimed a mobile-app feature planned by the audio-book company would violate copyrights by automatically converting narrated works into unauthorised text.

By: CHRISTIAN BERTHELSEN
| Updated on: Jan 15 2020, 19:30 IST
Amazon’s Audible unit is nearing settlement on a lawsuit filed by publishers who claimed a mobile-app feature planned by the audio-book company would violate copyrights by automatically converting narrated works into unauthorised text.
Amazon’s Audible unit is nearing settlement on a lawsuit filed by publishers who claimed a mobile-app feature planned by the audio-book company would violate copyrights by automatically converting narrated works into unauthorised text. (Audible)

Amazon's Audible unit is nearing settlement on a lawsuit filed by publishers who claimed a mobile-app feature planned by the audio-book company would violate copyrights by automatically converting narrated works into unauthorised text.

In the lawsuit filed last summer, the publishers, which included CBS Corp.'s Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House LLC and Scholastic Corp., said Audible lacked licenses to make text versions of the audio books and claimed the machine-generated transcripts could contain errors that would undermine the works.

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In a court filing late Monday, a lawyer for Audible said "the parties have resolved their disputes" and that settlement documents would soon be signed and submitted to the court. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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The feature, called Audible Captions, could compete with physical books, e-books and "cross-format" products that incorporate audio and text. The publishers had claimed Audible told them the transcription service could have an error rate as high as 6%, or 18 pages out of a 300-page book.

Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment outside normal business hours.

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First Published Date: 15 Jan, 19:28 IST
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