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'Audible Settles With Publishers in Audible Caption Lawsuit' by Nate Hoffelder
Nate Hoffelder reports the following for The Digital Reader:
Remember that lawsuit from last August over Audible’s new captioning feature, the feature that everyone [in] publishing was soooo absolutely certain was infringing on copyright?
Well, the publishers didn’t win the injunction they wanted, or the summary judgement that many assumed would occur, but it has come to a close—in a settlement. …
This was a curious case. I was just about the only one following the case that wasn’t convinced it was a slamdunk for the seven publisher plaintiffs. Instead, I thought this case had an excellent chance of following in the footsteps of Google Books and expanding fair use. Like Google Books, Audible Captions was a transformative use that did not replace any existing format, so it seemed to me that Audible could win this case on its merits.
As the case dragged on for months with no ruling or injunction, it seemed I was right. And [the] way the judge pressured both sites to work out a compromise suggested that this was not nearly as clear cut as some would think.
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