The Authors Guild has warned that Amazon’s newest Kindle 2 e-book reader is equipped with a voice function which more than likely violates writer’s copyrights. Intellectual property experts, however, have claimed that this assertion has no base.
“Until this issue is worked out, Amazon may be undermining your audio market as it exploits your e-books,” the guild told its members in a memo.
The copyright issue is over a function on the Kindle 2 which allows a user to enable a built-in robot like voice, reportedly selectable from a range of male or female options, which then reads the book aloud to a user.
The Author’s guild claims that they don’t have the right to read a book aloud. They claims that authors should be awarded audio-licensing fees for the e-books. The guild feels that out loud reading is acceptable if it’s reading only an authorized audio copy of the book.
Let every parent out there who reads to their child, be aware that you’re violating the sacred copyright of a group of dipshit authors who left their brains somewhere behind in the 19th Century. I think I belonged to this “guild” for a couple of weeks in the late 1950’s before I realized how useless they were and are.
Just as the RIAA and similar trade associations haven’t a clue about marketing or talent exposure, these dweebs would rather be protective of rarely-productive “rights” than experimenting – and benefiting – from modern technology.