Sep 14, 2011

Copyright and the right to translate


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No offense, but it came with the onset of Dzongkha newspapers. Every time I read them I feel uncomfortable. There are news from the America and Europe in our national language. But if you read them closely, they are translated either from CNN or BBC or NDTV website. Well, I see no problem in translating these news stories in Dzongkha to inform our people in the language that they can read.

However, one thing that disturbs me is how our translators take credit of writing the news stories themselves when they have just translated from the above sources. Their names are always mentioned at the end of the story. The trend is only in some of our new Dzongkha papers. I don’t know if this at all legally correct. 

Maybe the translators don't know that this is not allowed. If that is so our authorities needs to clarify them. We should not take it for granted that these sources can’t read Dzongkha. That’s not an excuse.  


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