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(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) Audible was sued by a number of the high U.S. publishers for copyright infringement on Friday, aiming to dam a deliberate rollout of a function referred to as ‘Audible Captions’ that exhibits the textual content on display as a e-book is narrated.
The lawsuit was filed by seven members of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), together with HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan Publishers.
“Essentially Audible wants to provide the text as well as the sound of books without the authorization of copyright holders, despite only having the right to sell audiobooks,” AAP mentioned in a press release.
The lawsuit was filed within the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Audible didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva