Legal issue regarding copyright
by Florin T. Deger
(Pitman, NJ, USA)
I am a German to English medical translator. I have a question regarding a legal situation that translators could encounter. I do not expect legally binding advice; the opinion of a translation professional would be helpful.
The scenario is the following. An independent translator receives via a translation agency from a client a job involving the translation of an internet piece. The translator duly performs the translation and turns it over via the translation agency to the client. It turns out that the piece was protected by copyright and the client did not have permission from the copyright holder to commission the translation. The translator was not aware of this legal detail. The client distributes the translation and copyright infringement occurs.
Who would be liable for this copyright infringement: the independent translator, the translation agency, or the client?
Thank you for your opinion.
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