Posted on 08/30/2019 at 10:03 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Audible won’t be captioning the audiobooks of several large publishers after all — or at least in the near future.
Chronicle Books, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster filed a suit earlier this month alleging copyright violations over an upcoming feature called Audible Captions.
On Wednesday, Audible agreed to exclude those publishers’ works from the new feature until the lawsuit can be settled, according to Publishers Weekly.
That filing moves back a few dates in the suit: Audible will respond in full by September 13, and a preliminary hearing has been pushed to September 25.
Audible Captions is exactly what it sounds like — a few lines of text to accompany the spoken words in an audiobook.
Publishers Weekly reports that the feature was expected to be rolled out as early as September 10 and should continue, but only on works not published by the lawsuit plaintiffs (or any other companies/individuals that file legal objections).
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