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Translation - ownership issues

If he translates our site, should we retain ownership?

2:56 pm on Feb 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've just had a proposal from someone offering to translate our 20 page site into another language.

He would then act as an affiliate and take commission on any sales generated by his site.

The benefits are I guess, we expand our market, and (hopefully) rank in the engines in the 2nd language.

The danger is that he uses our material, then promotes another product through our site.

What do you think?

Should I say "Go ahead, but copyright remains with us" (is this legal?)

Or "Go ahead"

Or "No way, hosay?"

Ideas welcomed.



3:05 pm on Feb 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Interesting question. If you paid for the translation the copyright would be yours. The question is, is this affiliation a pay for hire situation?
3:45 pm on Feb 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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HI Heini

I guess that is the question. At current he does not have a website, and wishes to translate our content.

Perhaps I could ask him to translate it; we could include it as a section on our site and he could get commission on sales arising from that section.


But then would we be risking diluting our 'theme' and would not be able to benefit from language-specific directory listings perhaps.

Tricky. Maybe so tricky I'm going to have to say no...


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