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Audible banned from using major publishers’ works in Captions

In newly revealed details of the settlement made between seven US publishers and Audible, the audiobook company won’t use major publishers’ works in its Captions program without their permission, reports the Bookseller.

In August last year, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a lawsuit on behalf of Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishing Group, Penguin Random House and Scholastic, arguing that the Captions program, which converts audio narration into text, violates copyright law.

Details of last month’s settlement reveal that Audible is prohibited from ‘creating, generating, reproducing, modifying, distributing, publishing, or displaying … written text derived from the audiobook versions of publishers’ works for any product or service created or offered by Audible … without express authorisation from the owners or exclusive licensees of the United States digital text rights.’

AAP CEO Maria Pallante, who welcomed the resolution, said a more detailed settlement that covers all 150 AAP members is in the works.


Category: International news