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Kindle-Vorlesefunktion eine Urheberrechtsverletzung? Get a life

Februar 19th, 2009 · No Comments · Bücher, digitales Publizieren, E-Books, Publizieren, Urheberrecht, Verlage

Ich kannte Neil Gaiman noch nicht, aber das liegt ganz offensichtlich an mir. Denn er ist ein sehr bekannter Autor, der eine Menge Preise gewonnen hat: 3 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award and 1 Mythopoeic. So steht’s auf seiner Website.

Heute steht noch etwas auf seiner Website, und so bin ich auf Gaiman aufmerksam geworden:

Just found myself having a long argument/discussion with my agent over the Amazon Kindle text-to-speech capability. I’m going to summarise it here.
Her point of view: The Kindle reading you the book-you-just-bought infringes the copyright (or at least, the rights) to the audiobook. We’ve sold audiobook rights and print book rights as separate things. We must stop this.
My point of view: When you buy a book, you’re also buying the right to read it aloud, have it read to you by anyone, read it to your children on long car trips, record yourself reading it and send that to your girlfriend etc. This is the same kind of thing, only without the ability to do the voices properly, and no-one’s going to confuse it with an audiobook. And that any authors‘ societies or publishers who are thinking of spending money on fighting a fundamentally pointless legal case would be much better off taking that money and advertising and promoting what audio books are and what’s good about them with it.

Sehr schön. Oder?


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