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Association of American Publishers Sues Audible Over Captions Feature

Porter Anderson writes the following for Publishing Perspectives:

The Association of American Publishers [AAP] … has asked the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to enjoin Audible from providing to its audiobook consumers the machine-generated text of literary works ‘without any authorization from, compensation to, or quality control by the copyright owners.’

In media messaging … from the Washington DC offices of AAP, the organization says its lawsuit names seven AAP member-companies as plaintiffs. They include the Big Five major publishing houses. … The suit is being filed in response to recent public statements from Audible, in which it announced its planned rollout of a feature called ‘Audible Captions.’

And in a special note to member publishing houses, AAP president and CEO Maria A. Pallante writes, in part, ‘The feature, wholly unauthorized, transcribes and displays the text of narrated performances, which are embodied in the audiobook sound recordings that publishers have otherwise authorized Audible to distribute.’

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