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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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The new Kindle ebook reader from Amazon includes a feature to read the text aloud. 

Geoffrey Fowler and Jeffrey Trachtenberg report the reaction of the Authors Guild in yesterday's Wall Street Journal:

"They don't have the right to read a book out loud," said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild. "That's an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law."

PS:  See our past posts on the Authors Guild.

Update (2/28/09).  Amazon blinked.  See its press release and Lawrence Lessig's comment, which speaks my mind.