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From: Rondina Muncy <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Copyright question
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 15:34:33 -0500
References: <4BD82211-A993-455A-B0AE-8A28E562DD13@clairebettag.com>
In-Reply-To: <4BD82211-A993-455A-B0AE-8A28E562DD13@clairebettag.com>


Claire,

A key point here is that the new translation has not been published, whereas
the English translation was.

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On Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 2:18 PM, Claire Bettag <>wrote:

> I would welcome opinions about another copyright question, which came
> up in discussion with a colleague.
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> About ten years ago a researcher translated a memoir written in a
> European language into English, and published the translation in the
> U.S. Within the last two years, without permission or notice, a
> relative of the translator, —who could not read the memoir in the
> original language, —used the published English version (copyrighted,
> obviously) to re-translate the work into another European language.
> This was done primarily so the memoir writer's daughter (who was also
> unable to read the work in the original language) could read her
> mother's work. Supposedly, only a single copy of the re-translation
> exists.
>
> Questions:
> 1. Has the translator's copyright been infringed?
> 2. If so, does the English-language translator have any recourse?
>
> I realize a lot of previous discussion on copyright can be found in
> the list archives. Because this situation is different from others
> I've seen raised here, I'd be grateful for your thoughts, opinion,
> observations.
>
> Thank you, in advance.
>
> Claire
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