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Post by Tchaikovsky » February 21st, 2021, 3:17 pm

Hello,
I have been thinking about creating my own translation of a work that is in the public domain but doesn't appear to have ever been translated into English. If I were to create my own translation of it for an eventual Librivox recording are there any rules about it? I would rather know before I undertake that much work.

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Post by TriciaG » February 21st, 2021, 3:47 pm

We record works that have been traditionally published and are out of copyright.

So in general, no - a self-published (or unpublished) translation would not be accepted at LV. However, if you wanted, you could record it and upload the files to Archive.org yourself. :)
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Post by Tchaikovsky » February 21st, 2021, 4:06 pm

TriciaG wrote:
February 21st, 2021, 3:47 pm
We record works that have been traditionally published and are out of copyright.

So in general, no - a self-published (or unpublished) translation would not be accepted at LV. However, if you wanted, you could record it and upload the files to Archive.org yourself. :)
So I was thinking of creating a translation of an 18th century French play. If I choose to not copyright my translation would this be acceptable for a cast to record? It seems people do this for dramatic readings of books.

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Post by TriciaG » February 21st, 2021, 4:09 pm

No, because it's not traditionally published. It would be no different than you writing your own play or book.

Dramatic readings use the original text, so there's no conflict.
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Post by Tchaikovsky » February 21st, 2021, 4:53 pm

TriciaG wrote:
February 21st, 2021, 4:09 pm
No, because it's not traditionally published. It would be no different than you writing your own play or book.

Dramatic readings use the original text, so there's no conflict.
Ah I see...Ok so it could done on archive.org. Would the administrators allow me to assemble a cast and recordings through Librivox on the understanding of everyone concerned that the completed project would be uploaded only on the other site?

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Post by TriciaG » February 21st, 2021, 5:00 pm

No. That would be putting all the work into a project, only to not reap the rewards. :)

Such projects are not run at LV. I suppose you could invite readers from here, but all the work and communication would be done off site.
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Post by Peter Why » February 22nd, 2021, 2:55 am

We've occasionally had requests for readers for non-LibriVox projects on the forum, so that shouldn't be a problem.

I sometimes wonder when some of rules became so set in stone.
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Post by Tchaikovsky » February 22nd, 2021, 4:36 am

Peter Why wrote:
February 22nd, 2021, 2:55 am
We've occasionally had requests for readers for non-LibriVox projects on the forum, so that shouldn't be a problem.

I sometimes wonder when some of rules became so set in stone.
Peter
Thanks for your reply Peter it gives me a bit of hope that it could be acheived with some extra work on my part.

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Post by Peter Why » February 22nd, 2021, 10:51 am

I knew I'd seen something about it, but it took a moment to find this in the heading of the Off Topic sub-forum: "Now includes non-LV Volunteers Wanted projects"

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