Amazon’s Kindle 2 feature deemed possibly illegal.
Wired PR News.com – Amazon’s Kindle 2 is equipped with a handy feature that some are claiming might be against the law. As reported by Christopher Null on a Yahoo Tech blog, the Authors Guild is making claims that the text-to-speech feature of the Kindle 2 e-book reader could be in violation of copyright law. The concern stems from the question of whether the automated text-to-speech system is comparable to an audio book that has been pre-recorded. Those stating the assertion is unfounded say the difference is that the Kindle 2 does not store books, it converts from inserted text.
As noted in the blog report, this type of case has yet to be tested in a court of law, but due to possible fears that the device could hinder the sales of audio books, cases may soon arise. The Author’s Guild is quoted as releasing a memo recommending that authors and publishers “consider asking Amazon to disable the audio function on e-books it licenses.”
The Kindle 2 was introduced early this week.