RE: Copyright, Translations and Intellectual Property

Subject: RE: Copyright, Translations and Intellectual Property
From: "technical writing plus" <doc-x -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "'CL T'" <straylightsghost -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2008 10:52:37 -0600

No, I would not be comfortable -- [1] After stuff has been translated, it
might have a different meaning, either slightly or majorly and [2] After
something has been translated, value (which may well mean something to the
people who paid for the translations) has been added to the content.

It is not as easy as saying 'Well, the content has been translated into
Swahili. Joe, in accounting, knows some Swahili, and he says that it ought
to be ok for us to re-use.'

[1] Joe could be wrong as to the quality of the translation -- the
translation might be off in some slight and tricky way that he would not
necessarily be able to note. This is a true biggie.

[2] Company B paid money to translate the stuff and I would think that
getting their permission would be important.

Jim Jones

Chinese | German | Spanish to English

Technical Communication Services (Editing, Illustration)

STC Chicago Technical Workshop Coordinator

(Very good Intro to Adobe FrameMaker workshop this weekend in Lisle.

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-----Original Message-----
Already posing this question to the Sarariman Lawyer. Don't worry, I take

advice as "you get what you pay for...heheh).

I suppose I should rephrase the question --

*Would you be comfortable, as a Tech Writer, doing this without some kind of

signed order from an Exec or direct manager?"

(The person asking me about this scenario is not management. They

acknowledge this may require further approval, so no, I'm not being "told"

to do something against my will).


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