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Subject: BAH Press Release: National Federation of the BlindResponds To The Guild Statement on the Amazon Kindle 2
Date:   Mon, 16 Feb 2009 15:02:36 -0500
From:   Lisa <whitedove621@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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> This information is pertinent to the information we posted earlier about
> the new Kindle. We should also point out that while it can read aloud it
> is not fully accessible at this point. If you wish additional
> information you will find a link on the Amazon Home Page about it.
> www.amazon.com
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>
>
>
> CONTACT:
>
> Chris Danielsen
>
> Director of Public Relations
>
> National Federation of the Blind
>
> (410) 659-9314, extension 2330
>
> (410) 262-1281 (Cell)
>
> <
>
> mailto:cdanielsen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:cdanielsen%40nfb.orgcdanielsen>@nfb.org
>
>
>
> National Federation of the Blind Responds to Authors Guild
>
> Statement on the Amazon Kindle 2
>
>
>
> Baltimore, Maryland (February 12, 2009): The National Federation of the
>
> Blind, the largest organization of blind people in the United States,
>
> today responded to a statement put out by the Authors Guild advising its
>
> members to consider negotiating contracts prohibiting e-books to be read
>
> aloud by the new Amazon Kindle 2, which incorporates text-to-speech
>
> technology. The Authors Guild argues that the reading of a book out loud
>
> by a machine is a copyright infringement unless the copyright holder has
>
> specifically granted permission for the book to be read aloud.
>
>
>
> Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:
>
> "The National Federation of the Blind supports all technologies that allow
>
> blind people to have better access to the printed word, including the
>
> ability of devices like the Kindle 2 to read commercial e-books aloud
>
> using text-to-speech technology. Although the Authors Guild claims that it
>
> supports making books accessible to the blind, its position on the
>
> inclusion of text-to-speech technology in the Kindle 2 is harmful to blind
>
> people. The Authors Guild says that having a book read aloud by a machine
>
> in the privacy of one's home or vehicle is a copyright infringement. But
>
> blind people routinely use readers, either human or machine, to access
>
> books that are not available in alternative formats like Braille or audio.
>
> Up until now, no one has argued that this is illegal, but now the Authors
>
> Guild says that it is. This is absolutely wrong. The blind and other
>
> readers have the right for books to be presented to us in the format that
>
> is most useful to us, and we are not violating copyright law as long as we
>
> use readers, either human or machine, for private rather than public
>
> listening. The key point is that reading aloud in private is the same
>
> whether done by a person or a machine, and reading aloud in private is
>
> never an infringement of copyright.
>
>
>
> "Amazon has taken a step in the right direction by including
>
> text-to-speech technology for reading e-books aloud on its new Kindle 2,"
>
> Dr. Maurer continued. "We note, however, that the device itself cannot be
>
> used independently by a blind reader because the controls to download a
>
> book and begin reading it aloud are visual and therefore inaccessible to
>
> the blind. We urge Amazon to rectify this situation as soon as possible in
>
> order to make the Kindle 2 a device that truly can be used both by blind
>
> and sighted readers. By doing so, Amazon will make it possible for blind
>
> people to purchase a new book and begin reading it immediately, just as
>
> sighted people do."
>
>
>
>
>

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