||[Feb. 19th, 2009|08:57 am]
Oh, give me a break.
You know one thing I've found out in my researches into intellectual property?
There is something called a 'synchronization license'.
It means that you have been granted permission by the licencer to synchronize a display with the song. The best example of this is karaoke.
That's a specific license which you have to acquire if you'd like to synchronize the display of lyrics to the song.
This is a far more massive explosion than I'd have expected, given that I've seen references to this all *over*.
My question would be: What're the limits on the devices' reading? People get audiobooks to listen to in the car, or on music players -- stuff that's a lot more portable than a larger ereader, and much less unwieldy. Heck, if the reading on the ereader just stops at the end of the page and requires you to advance it, I'd figure THAT would put a stop to a lot of the complaints. Who'd want that hassle?
But of course there is. It's called "video editing software" :P
That's fine if you're an otaku making up an AMG, but if you try to create something that is specialized for the purpose of syncing words to music, well, the labels are going to get out their hanging ropes. ^^
If the authors think that a computer-rendered voice is going to be "as good" as a human reader anytime in the next few years, they're *very* optimistic.
Neil Gaiman posted on this argument here
with some interesting points.
Yeah, I raised my eyebrow at that one too, but in this case, the important thing is what people perceive, not what's actually technologically possible. Also, given the mess with authors' rights and publishers' rights with respect to digital publishing, I'd imagine they're trying to deal with this before it becomes a widespread problem. They don't need to worry about what will actually happen in the future, because they'll already have set their stakes in the ground on what is permissible, leaving them clear to make money on the same things they've always made money on.