Is the new Kindle 2 illegal?


Sales for the original Kindle were so high during last year's shopping season, the manufacturers of the new Kindle 2 which will begin shipping on Feb. 24 (at $359 a pop) learned their lesson and beefed up production for what they believed would be a great product and would sell just as fast. What they didn't realize is that even though this new Kindle is slimmer and has a few more features such as a five-way navigation element and faster wireless service for downloading books, one feature is against the law according to Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild.

"They don't have the right to read a book out loud," he says. "That's an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law."

Ouch. Yes, another new feature which has potential buyers chomping at the bit to have one is their text-reading feature which enables readers to not only download books, but listen to them, too.

Granted, the voice is computer generated and may become annoying after awhile, but just think how nice that would be. For once, we can listen to our favorite books while in the shower, on our treadmill, even while driving.

But all good things might come to an end if this isn't resolved.

The problem exists because of the simple fact that a retailer can't record a copy of a book on CD and sell it without paying a separate fee for this, something the manufacturers of the new Kindle 2 didn't obviously think of.

But Amazon refuses to budge.

What's your opinion? Is this copyright infringement?
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