Wrong Translation - Legal Problem?

Peter Jochum peter.jochum at gmail.com
Sun Sep 18 09:49:46 CDT 2005


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From: Peter Jochum <peter.jochum at gmail.com>
Date: 18.09.2005 16:49
Subject: Re: Wrong Translation - Legal Problem?
To: mdke at ubuntu.com


well, i think the translated licences are better understandable if
someone doesn't have good english skills (if any at all). some small
errors are acceptable here, but maybe there should be a disclaimer
that there is no guarantee on the translation, and it was just made to
make the lincence more understandable. and a link to the valid english
version.

on http://www.gnu.de/gpl-ger.html i found a german translation for the
gpl for example, and in they header there's a german & english
statement that this document is only for better understanding of the
licence and shouldn't be used as a licence.

Ped

2005/9/18, Matthew East <mdke at ubuntu.com>:
> On Sun, 2005-09-18 at 16:23 +0200, Peter Jochum wrote:
> > I got a question about translating the licencing stuff in
> > ubuntu-docs-faq. I have only monitored the progress on the german
> > translation. We progressed quickly at first, but now there are many
> > strings about which rights people have or don't have.
> >
> > Should these strings be translated at all?
> > If they are translated, could there arise problems from a wrong
> > translation? (for the translator or even ubuntu itself)
>
> Yeah this is another good question. I have tried to find a solution
> whereby we leave the licences out of the template, but have not been
> successful so far. My view, reading the licence, is that it should be
> left in English where possible.
>
> If I find a better solution, I will upload a new template.
>
> Matt
>
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