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Re: licenses in non-English languages?
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: Re: licenses in non-English languages?
- From: email@example.com
- Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 16:12:21 EDT
- Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sender: email@example.com
Responding to the question posed by Ann Okerson, Academic Press provides translations of its licenses into major languages on request. There are two different situations. In one the translation is not the "official" legal document and is meant only to help in understanding. In the other case the translation is the legal document. In the latter case, it is usually more than a translation, requiring recasting of the agreement in the legal terms and context of the country involved. This latter case also requires a great deal more work and coordination between the publisher's lawyers in both countries, as well a translation (for understanding only) back into English. Some portions of AP's web sites are also available in multiple languages. Ken Metzner VP Harcourt Worldwide STM Group ___________ Ann Okerson <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com This message is aimed primarily at publishers and vendors of electronic information, and of course librarians are welcome to chime in. Today a colleague forwarded to me a message from a French librarians' listserve, in which the topic of license translation was raised. These librarians stated that most/nearly all licenses for their information products (many of which are international journals and databases) come to them in English, either from the publisher or as a click license on the web. These librarians wonder if such licenses are available in French. Good question, and not only for that language. I've heard it said by many librarians from non-Anglo countries that licenses are presented to them in English and that it is not easy to cope with this, for a number of reasons. This seems a real disservice to the global library and user community, doesn' it? So, my question to the information provider community is: which of you have made your licenses available in foreign languages as well as English, and in what languages have you done so? Of course, I could ask which non-English language provider has also made their license available in English. And liblicense-l would surely like to hear from librarians for whom English-only is a problem. Speak up. Sincerely, Ann Okerson liblicense-l moderator firstname.lastname@example.org