Top pub­lish­ers sue Au­di­ble for copy­right in­fringe­ment

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Business - News ser­vices

Some of Amer­ica’s top pub­lish­ers are su­ing Au­di­ble, cit­ing copy­right in­fringe­ment as they ask a judge to en­join the au­dio­book pro­ducer-dis­trib­u­tor’s planned use of cap­tions for an ed­u­ca­tion-driven program. The so-called “Big Five” of publishing — Pen­guin Ran­dom House, Hachette Book Group, Si­mon & Schuster, Harper­Collins Pub­lish­ers and Macmil­lan Pub­lish­ers — are among the plain­tiffs in the suit filed Fri­day. The le­gal ac­tion comes in re­sponse to “Au­di­ble Cap­tions,” which Au­di­ble an­nounced in July and in­di­cated would be launched as stu­dents re­turn this fall, with ti­tles in­clud­ing “Catch-22” and “The Hunger Games.”

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