Barbara Need wrote:
> On 1 Jan 2008, at 17:06, Mike Richter wrote:
>> Suppose a work - in this case, the text of sung material - is in
>> copyright. Suppose that I prepare a translation from a legal copy of
>> the original. Is it legal for me to put the translation in the public
>> domain even though the original is protected?
> You need to get permission to prepare the translation from the copyright
> holder of the original. Once you have that, you hold the copyright in
> the translation (a "derivative" work) and, as far as I can tell, you can
> put it in the public domain, if you wish--but copyright in the original
> is still in place.
> Barbara Need
> (I am not a layer, but I deal with copyright issues on a regular basis.)
Otherwise, your response is consistent with my understanding - darn it!
However, I doubt that I need anyone's permission to create the
translation, only to publish it in any sense.
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