Top U.S. publishers sue Amazon’s Audible for copyright infringement

The entrance desk of the Amazon workplace is pictured in New York, May 1, 2019.

Carlo Allegri | Reuters

Amazon’s Audible was sued by among the prime U.S. publishers for copyright infringement on Friday, aiming to dam a deliberate rollout of a characteristic referred to as ‘Audible Captions’ that reveals the textual content on display screen as a e book is narrated.

The lawsuit was filed by seven members of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), together with HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan Publishers.

“Essentially Audible wants to provide the text as well as the sound of books without the authorization of copyright holders, despite only having the right to sell audiobooks,” AAP mentioned in a press release.

The lawsuit was filed within the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Audible didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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