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TheBuriedBook
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Post by TheBuriedBook » January 14th, 2018, 8:28 pm

This is disheartening:

https://www.audible.com/search?searchProvider=Audioliterature

Example (same):

https://www.audible.com/pd/History/The-Communist-Manifesto-Audiobook/B077PCZQHG
https://librivox.org/the-communist-manifesto-version-2-by-karl-marx-and-friedrich-engels/

Compare the voice, the Audible has been slightly changed. Voice changing software is becoming increasingly sophisticated allowing a publisher to produce many versions from the same source material. It's easy for foresee a day when you pick from a menu of narrators depending on your preference.

Of course nothing to be done. PD is PD the whole idea is to encourage derivative works. Some people may even be willing to pay $7 (or $10 at the cheapest for 1 credit) for the convenience of Audible even if they could get it free. But.. there is something dishonest. The fake narrator name, the lack of credit to LibriVox. That is something Audible should be able to intercede. And it should be possible for LibriVox to use a copyright that requires attribution such as Creative Commons. This is only common sense so that narrators don't become disheartened as their hard work is monetized by third parties particularly as software makes it easy to modify voices.

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Post by annise » January 14th, 2018, 9:07 pm

It's always happened . Many on sellers do add something - like disks or an app- which we don't provide. We all know, some people will take them down if you report it, you could add your voice to Audible , review things you find by pointing out that they are available for free online, protest in any way you like , we are too busy producing books to worry about them or to give them any free publicity by increasing their google counts ( a google search will find and display the links you have provided above)

Anne
Our objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. - Hugh McGuire.

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Post by VfkaBT » January 15th, 2018, 9:48 am

Someone could always alert NPR or Gizmodo to do a story on this; they are bastions of tech minutiae and social justice warrior-ing after all. 8-)
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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » January 15th, 2018, 11:27 am

Ella Porter. Wow, what a great fake name!

I wonder if I could start holding myself out as "the voice behind the smash Audioliterature narrator, 'Ella Porter'"? My voice is low enough that I could be Greta Garbo . . . except, I don't look anything like Greta Garbo . . . but hey, this is audiobooks!

Apparently, some of my cover art was not up to snuff, as only a few of those have survived the transition to Ella. I'll do a bit more sniffing around. Maybe they changed the covers were I actually put my name on the front, and kept the others in tact . . . .

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TheBuriedBook
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Post by TheBuriedBook » January 15th, 2018, 10:53 pm

Must be a strange experience discovering your name and altered voice. We live in interesting times.

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