Daily Archives: July 26, 2010

Authors Guild Slapped Down By Copyright Office

Past braying that by clueless and useless and snooty organization that sold out every writer:

February 12, 2009: E-Book Rights Alert: Amazon’s Kindle 2 Adds “Text to Speech” Function

Until this issue is worked out, Amazon may be undermining your audio market as it exploits your e-books.

March 2, 2009: Amazon Reverses Stance on Computer-Generated Audio for the Kindle 2

Amazon’s initial implementation of Kindle 2 would have added audio playback to your e-book regardless of whether Amazon had properly acquired audio rights. For most of you, Amazon’s announcement means that it will now respect your contractual right to authorize (or not) the addition of computer-generated audio to your e-books sold for the Kindle.

Those idiots couldn’t distinguish between crappy machine-generated badly-pronounced audio output and the artistry of a human reader.

And now along comes the Copyright Office to slap them down:

July 26, 2010: Rulemaking on Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works

(6) Literary works distributed in ebook format when all existing ebook editions of the work (including digital text editions made available by authorized entities) contain access controls that prevent the enabling either of the book’s read-aloud function or of screen readers that render the text into a specialized format.

The Copyright Office has now stated that machine-reading is not a subsidiary right of a book contract and the DRM on such eBooks that prevent Text-to-Speech can legally be circumvented to re-enable that function.

It remains to be seen now if Amazon will flip the flag on all of its Kindle books that has prevented this feature.

I won’t be going into other DRM issues. There are plenty of others chiming in about that elsewhere.

I just needed to show once again that the Authors Guild is an organization with its head stuck up its ass when it comes to technology.

Amazon, Customer Service, And Twitter

Had problem w refurb Kindle. Called AMZN & they are shipping out a replacement immediately. That is some pretty awesome CSMon Jul 26 13:57:29 via Osfoora HD

@jane_l What was the problem?Mon Jul 26 14:03:26 via Echofon

@mikecane scratch on the screen or something on the screen.Mon Jul 26 14:06:18 via Osfoora HD

@jane_l And you noticed after how much use?Mon Jul 26 14:07:55 via Echofon

@mikecane ah, recently? (a little shy of a month)Mon Jul 26 14:14:02 via Osfoora HD

@jane_l And now this will be a post!Mon Jul 26 14:16:41 via Echofon

@mikecane I’m glad I can serve a blog fodder for youMon Jul 26 14:20:51 via Osfoora HD