Apparently, it has been revealed Audible recently that, it was focusing on a all-new feature for its audiobook app named Audible Captions that will be using machine learning to transcribe an audio recording for listeners, permitting them to read along with the narrator. While it has been claimed by the firm owned by Amazon that it is designed as an educational feature, many publishers are demanding that their book be excluded, adding these captions are brazen infringements and unauthorized of the rights of publishers and authors as well.
From the outside, the idea appears to be useful, similarly in the way that when subtitles are turned on while watching the TV, but there is a reason behind why publishers are concerned: it is possible that physical books or distinct e-book can be bought by few people if an Audible audiobook can be simply picked up by the and receive the text for free, also. In the publishing world, very specific contracts are signed by authors and their agents with publishers for their work.
Right from when the manuscript needs to be delivered, payment of the author, and what rights to the text are possessed by a publisher, like audio or print. Being as a retailer and publisher of Audiobook, Audible gets the rights to produce a book-based audiobook, or to sell an audiobook created by a publisher in its store. According to publishers, a feature displaying the text of what is being read is itself a reproduction from the original text is not among those rights granted to authors or publishers, and they do not wish their books comprised in feature of Audible. It has been told The Verge by Audible that, captions are small amount of text that are generator with machine which will be displayed when the audio is playing.
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