May 25, 2022

Report: Audible to Settle with Seven Publishers in Captions Lawsuit

UPDATE Feb. 6, 2020: Copyright: US Publishers Succeed in ‘Audible Captions’ Case (via Publishing Perspectives)

From The Bookseller:

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Amazon’s audiobook company Audible has reached a settlement with a group of seven US publishers in the copyright lawsuit against the firm’s Captions programme, according to a letter from Audible’s legal team.


In a letter to all parties on 13th January, Audible attorney Emily Reisbaum told judge Valerie Caproni that the firm had finalised a settlement with Chronicle Books, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishing Group, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster, who were all named as plaintiffs on the suit, filed by the Association of American Publishers.

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Direct to Letter to All Parties Mentioned in Article

Additional Coverage

Audible and Big Publishing Houses Settle Lawsuit on Audio Book Captions (via AP)


“Publishers, Audible Say Settlement is Close in Captions Case” (December 29, 2019)

“Major Book Publishers Sue Amazon’s Audible Over New Speech-to-Text Feature” (August 23, 2019)

Audible Will Let You ‘Read’ an Audiobook While You Listen (via USA Today; July 15, 2019)

AAP Statement on Audible’s “Caption” Feature  (July 18, 2019)

Audible’s Captions Program Stirs Fears, Frustration Among Publishers (via PW; July 19, 2019)

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