The Verge: Publishers are pissed about Amazon’s upcoming Audible Captions feature

The Verge: Publishers are pissed about Amazon’s upcoming Audible Captions feature. “Earlier this week, Audible revealed that it was working on a new feature for its audiobook app: Audible Captions, which will use machine learning to transcribe an audio recording for listeners, allowing them to read along with the narrator. While the Amazon-owned company claims it is designed as an educational feature, a number of publishers are demanding that their books be excluded, saying these captions are ‘unauthorized and brazen infringements of the rights of authors and publishers.'”

Neowin: UK ISPs stop issuing educational copyright infringement notices

Neowin: UK ISPs stop issuing educational copyright infringement notices . “A little over two years ago, internet service providers (ISPs) began issuing educational copyright infringement notices to users suspected of engaging in digital piracy to push them towards using legal services such as Netflix and Spotify. Now, notices under the Creative Content UK (CCUK) initiative have stopped being sent to copyright infringers.”

Boing Boing: Sony’s copyright bots remove a band’s own release of its new video

Boing Boing: Sony’s copyright bots remove a band’s own release of its new video. “The Sheffield-based experimental music act 65daysofstatic has a new album coming out in September, called ‘Replicr, 2019.’ Today, the band began its launch publicity by releasing a video from the album, only to have the video blocked on multiple services by copyright bots working on behalf of Sony, which distributed the band’s label, Superball.”

The Bookseller: Who owns digital stories?

The Bookseller: Who owns digital stories?. “Now, imagine I am a producing a film and want to quote a section of a book in the film, and use part of an audio track. As well as enhancing the story within the film, this will grow the value of the film product itself. So the process I take is to contact the copyright holders, do a deal and carry on with my production. Even if I base my film loosely on an existing text, I clear the rights. There are legal, moral and commercial reasons to do this. In contrast, Google is using scanned copyrighted material to build its current and future products, and as far as we can tell from the settlement with the Writer’s Guild seven years ago, without any reference to authors being compensated for the use of their work. “

Techdirt: Congress Moving Forward With Copyright-For-Censorship ‘Small Claims’ Act

Techdirt: Congress Moving Forward With Copyright-For-Censorship ‘Small Claims’ Act. “For a while now, we’ve been explaining why a plan to create a copyright ‘small claims’ process would be a disaster for free speech and a boon to copyright trolling. Unfortunately, it appears that the latest bill proposing this awful idea has a real chance to move forward. EFF has put up an action page urging people to contact their elected officials and ask them not to approve the CASE Act.”

Techdirt: YouTube Begins Blocking Stream-Ripping Sites

Techdirt: YouTube Begins Blocking Stream-Ripping Sites. “As we’ve discussed previously, the past several years have seen the major music industry players paint an entirely new anti-piracy target on the backs of stream-ripping sites. These sites, which allow users to plug in the address for a YouTube video and get an audio rip outputted, are quite often used to generate audio files of copyrighted materials. This, however, is most certainly not their only use.”