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Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle 539

An anonymous reader writes "The president of the Authors Guild has launched a rant in the NY Times about how the Kindle 2 provides Text-to-Speech capabilities that, oh the horror, allow the user to have any text on the Kindle read to her. Roy Blunt, Jr. moans that this is copyright infringement of audio books, and that Kindle users should be forced to pay royalties on audio even though they've already paid for the text version of a book! Amazingly he harps on about how TTS technology has become so good that it may replace humans — and then uses this to argue that it's unfair for Kindle to provide TTS! I think the Authors Guild need a new president — someone less of a Luddite, and more familiar with copyright law." (See also the Guild's executive director's similar claims that reading aloud, royalty-free, is an illegal function of software.)

Comment Re:Some more analysis links (Score 1) 169

The fact that there have been few murders lately means that the prohibition on murder isn't needed. People who don't want to be killed are doing just fine without laws against murder, as evidenced by the fact that they so rarely have to be enforced; we should get rid of them for good.

Comment Re:The cameras do nothing (Score 1) 311

Whoa, scary distopian world these cameras will cause! Let's outlaw laws too, since presumably someone could make a law that said you had to hire plumbers from the plumbers union! We should outlaw cops as well, since they might enforce a pro-plumber union stance even if it isn't encoded into law.

Comment Re:Republicans are Flat-Earth Economists (Score 1) 658

>The other way to put this is that the war lowered components of GDP aside from military purchases.

Why count the military purchases as worth 0? I see why *now*, when our military purchases primarily go towards blowing up brown people, but I don't see why at that point in time.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist

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