Text To Speech Kill Switch

Amazon has started to invoke the remote kill-switch in its Kindle e-book reader that does away with text-to-speech (TTS) functionality. At press time, TTS has been removed from more than 40 pieces of work, where among these include five of the top 10 Random House best-sellers in the Kindle store. There are opposing views here, where the Author’s Guild thinks that by artificially reading out any ebook, Amazon are impinging on audio-book rights where in their opinion, the copyright for Kindle texts does not cover. As for Amazon themselves, they think that this method is a legal use of the texts, but have decided to implement the kill-switch in order to make rightsholders ”more comfortable”. What do you think?

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