Category Archives: Resistance

At Last! Low-Cost Fares for Clients (especially publishers) Who Want to Save Money on Translations!*

After fielding yet another “proposal” to translate a book for a fee I found offensive, I thought it might be time to start offering a special, low-cost fare to publishers and other clients who are looking to save money on … Continue reading

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An Italian literary translator with 22 years of experience leaves the profession …

… and responds to a job offer from a publisher who doesn’t know he no longer works as a translator. Dear […], Yes, you’ve reached me at the correct address. Thank you for the offer of a translation project. Reluctantly, … Continue reading

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Real Translator® Jobs – Tell me, does this seem like it might be a scam to you?

Today’s insult to translators is brought to you by the people who are profiting off the “new economy,” “crowd-sourcing,” “job-sharing,” and other neoliberal strategies for destroying professional qualifications, eliminating all regulation,  and keeping trained workers from supporting themselves … … … Continue reading

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A Thousand-Plus Requests to English-Language Publishers: Stop Taking Translators’ Copyrights!

At the close of its campaign against the widespread practice in English-language translation-publishing of taking translators’ copyrights—especially in the United States and particularly among university presses and some of the largest publishers of translation in the U.S.—No Peanuts! is delivering … Continue reading

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Keeping Up with the ISBN/Coppola Case – Some recent online press

BREAKING: As of 27 July 2015, ISBN Edizioni has filed for bankruptcy. Italian writers/translators with claims should go to STradE’s info page to find out how to proceed: FALLIMENTO DI ISBN EDIZIONI SRL The case of the (apparently) bankrupt Italian publisher, … Continue reading

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University Presses: What Went CopyWrong?

If you haven’t already, please sign the NP! petition, Put A Stop To Copyright Rustling! How Did University Presses Turn into the Biggest Copyright Rustlers on the Prairie? Perhaps in their purest form, university presses developed to respond to a specific need: … Continue reading

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Massimo Coppola’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Massimo Coppola’s “big explanation” for what happened at ISBN Edizioni is too little, too late … and too typical. In the end, Massimo Coppola, the publisher of the embattled (and, apparently, now officially defunct) Italian independent publisher, ISBN Edizioni, rolled … Continue reading

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ISBN Edizioni/Massimo Coppola – The web is blowing up over Italian publishers that don’t pay

A 14 May 2015 article (below) from the Italian magazine, L’Espresso, is just one of the scores of articles, blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, and other mentions over the last week of the secret everyone knows: Italian publishers tend to pay their translators badly … Continue reading

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Copyright Rustling – Italian Style (Atlantyca & Europa Make a Necessity Out of a Lack of Virtue)

The April 2015 issue of the ATA Chronicle featured an in-depth article about translators and copyright, including the legal opinions and advice of copyright lawyer Erach F. Screwvala, who has represented translators in negotiations with publishers, advised the PEN America … Continue reading

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Isn’t It Time Three Percent Stopped Rewarding Publishers Who Take Translators’ Copyrights?

Last week, Three Percent announced longlists for the 2015 Best Translated Book Award in both fiction and poetry, and the nominees have already been blogged, tweeted, and pinterested hundreds of times. (About 570 times, in fact, according to Google.) The … Continue reading

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