US book publishers sue Audible over AI-powered transcription

“The case could escalate to the point where a judge is forced to make a landmark decision on AI.

At the center of the case is the Captions feature the Amazon-owned company announced last month. The feature uses machine learning to allow users to transcribe an audiobook into text. Since it announced Captions, Audible has positioned the feature as a student aid. However, the company also plans to make it available to subscribers. From the perspective of , audiobooks have separate licenses from ebooks, which they claim Amazon has not secured.”

The are correct and an audible version is a different format and requires a separate license. If audible wants to convert books they will have to pay for a separate licensing agreement.

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