May 23, 2022

Report: “Publishers, Audible Say Settlement is Close in Captions Case”

From Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly:

In a December 27 letter, lawyers for Audible and a group of seven major publishers reported that a settlement to end a closely watched copyright lawsuit over Audible’s proposed Captions program is within reach.


First filed in August of 2019 by seven publishers, the suit claims that Audible’s proposed Captions program, which scrolls a few words of an AI-generated transcription alongside an audiobook’s narration in the Audible app, is blatant copyright infringement. Audible, on the other hand, contends that the program is designed to enhance the audio experience, and is protected by fair use.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.