Publishers Fight Audible's Bid To Nix Suit Over Text Captions

Law360 (September 23, 2019, 3:40 PM EDT) -- A group of major book publishers is urging a New York federal judge to reject a bid by Amazon’s Audible to toss a copyright suit over a planned speech-to-text feature, saying the audiobook giant’s arguments are based on a misunderstanding of copyright law.

In a Friday brief, the publishers said Audible made “no sense” when it asked the judge to throw out the lawsuit against its upcoming Audible Captions feature, which allows listeners to read text captions, because the complaint failed to show how Audible exceeded the scope of its audiobook resale agreements with each of the publishers.

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