I just discovered my recently published article was copied, translated, and published on a site in Brazil. They credit me as the author and give the link to the original work. I requested they take down the piece and just post a short quote with the link. The owner of the site contacted me saying many of her readers don't understand English so she posts articles with translation. I answered her that that is not sufficient reason to basically steal my work and re-publish it elsewhere (where of course she gets the ad revenue). I asked her to post just a short quote with a link to my original work as well as a link to Google Translator. I noted that just to the right of my article is my contact link, which she didn't even bother to click on and contact me to ask permission.
Is she violating international copyright law? If she refuses to honor my request, what course of action is open to me?
Second, does HubPages have an option for international readers to view the work in another language? That sure would solve problems like these.
Thanks for your help. Much appreciated.
Your work is automatically protected under the Berne Convention, and any unauthorized translation is a violation of international copyright law. Enforcement is difficult. If the website has Adsense, filing a complaint with Google may be an option. HubPages does not offer any translation capabilities.
Since the site owner is responding, keeping the dialog open but adding more pressure may be worthwile trying. This could include a formal cease and desist notice, in which you tell them to remove the offending material and reserve the right to take legal action.
I’ve occasionally noticed that when I run across a foreign language website, google automatically provides a translation link.
First, is my memory correct on that?
Second, does anyone know firsthand that the google versions in other countries automatically provide an English translation link when applicable?
Google Chrome offers to translate foreign websites in huge letter across the top of the web page.
Other than that, when you are in a foreign country using their local google search engine, the 'translate this page' option is always to the right of the article in search. That option is always there in google no matter what country you are in.
I mean does google provide a translation link of my English article into the language of the host country?
This has been gone by major SEO guys and webmasters and it is not duplicate content. In fact, since I know that language pretty well form unfortunate circumstances, it can never be translated word for word. The person had to have edited it to some extent.
http://www.google.com/search?q=duplicat … =firefox-a
What's worse, is that country does not follow many international laws. NJ child custody case, the recent US Air Marshals arrested there for arresting a Brazilian on a flight there. They follow there own laws and interpretations. But it is good to ask them in a nice way as you did.
Duplicate content is not the same thing as copyright - a translation into another language is an infringement, as only the copyright holder can authorise a translation. For example, if somebody tried to translate my work into Greek, without permission, I can still pursue them through the courts.
Of course, as you pointed out, following it across international boundaries can be a whole different ballgame!
I agree. But most copyright enforcement on the Internet, including DMCA, works more through pressure than actual legal action. Contacting the hosting provider may work; who knows, they may have some international business interests that make them motivated to cooperate.
Thanks so much for your informative answers.
I just found this about Google Translate. Go to the site
and choose the languages you need to translate from and to. Then just copy the URL of the page you want translated and paste in into the Google translator and voila! you get the page in the language you want, exactly as it appears on its original page. I tried it and it worked! So I will pass this info on to the site owner (I will make sure it's first translated into Portuguese).
Sort of on topic
How do you find out if your work has been copied and published elsewhere, software or random search on Google.
I wouldn't know where to start, any advice welcome.
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