When the second generation Kindle ebook reader launched with a text-to-speech functionality, the Authors Guild freaked out
, claiming that this violated a totally made up on the spot aspect of copyright law. Plenty of copyright lawyers dissected this claim in great detail and concluded that the Authors Guild was making up stories about how they wanted copyright law to act, rather than paying attention to what copyright law actually said. There simply is no copyright violation in having a computer read a book aloud to you. However, after the Authors Guild ratcheted up the threats
, Amazon finally caved
and let authors choose to block the text-to-speech functionality.
Now, with the iPad coming out, some are noticing that it, too, contains such text-to-speech capabilities
, and yet oddly, we haven't heard complaints from the Authors Guild (found via Copycense
). Have they come to their senses, or have they just not realized it yet?