Text-to-speech: Amazon caves

There’s been a lot of interesting copyright controversies lately.  Given the economic realities of betting an entire business on a lawsuit with an uncertain outcome, though, the controversies almost never seem to reach a judicial determination of legality or illegality.

Unsurprisingly, it looks like the controversy over text-to-speech in the Kindle 2 is going to suffer the same fate.  The New York Times is reporting that Amazon is making changes to let authors decide whether they want to enable the text-to-speech feature on a title-by-title basis (h/t slashdot):

Amazon maintains that the feature is legal and that it would in fact increase the market for audio books.

But it said, “We strongly believe many rights holders will be more comfortable with the text-to-speech feature if they are in the driver’s seat.”

Oh well.


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