Ebook translation: Intellectual property
Thread poster: TextMaster

Local time: 18:50
Feb 6, 2015

Hi everyone!

So, i'm a bit confused, not being a law person at all, about Intellectual property. Here's my situation.

I work for a Belgian Agency and we recently received a request from an Austrian client who wants to translate a few ebooks (from EN to DE) being the owner of the intellectual rights.

My questions are:
How should we pay the translator, by word or author's rights?
And in this case, what country law prevails: ours, the client's or the translator's?

Such a brain-twister!

Thanks a lot for your help, I'm taking any I can get!!!

Have a good day!


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Chie. I  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:50
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English to Japanese
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As you agree with translators Feb 6, 2015

Hello Sarah,

Major titles printed on hardcover are more likely to be compensated by author's rights(like Pikkety),
but for eBook and small works, translators often work with per word rate.
As far as I know there is no legal obligation in this respect and if you want to pay on royalty basis,
you can also choose and agree to do so.

As for law and Jurisdiction country,
you can choose the country as you agree (with author and translator).


Local time: 18:50
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normal fee + royalties Feb 6, 2015

Dear Sarah

in reply to you answer I would say that you apply the normal fee for the translation per page /word plus the royalties.
I attach a link to a sample contract for book translation, hope that helps you a littel bit.


Best regards



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