Unauthorized copies of pages from this web site on dujingtou.com

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Copy-pasting someone else's work, on the other hand, is the only type of flattery available to people who lack even the basic talents necessary for imitating someone else's work, or who are too lazy to even try.

The following links are to a Chinese-language site (www.dujingtou.com) that publishes a number of pages copied from http://www.savazzi.net and translated to Chinese. Hopefully the Chinese language of these copies is sufficiently correct, and not just a copy-paste job from Google Translate. The pictures published on the respective pages of the original site are of course also copied (sometimes reduced in size), so you do not need to translate each Chinese page back to English to verify that the Chinese site's page is a copy of mine. Often, each page on the Chinese site starts with a generic intro and the first picture of the original page, then inserts a translated copy of the original page with all the pictures (so the first picture is often repeated twice). Most likely this is the result of applying the same processing macro or template to the original page.

According to international copyright law, the translator of a copyrighted text may become a copyright holder of the translation only if the translation involves a sufficient amount of creativity to warrant such a copyright. In practice, only translations of literary or artistic texts can qualify for this additional copyright. The work of translators of technical or scientific texts is not judged to be sufficiently creative for the translator to claim a copyright.

In either case, the copyright holder of the original work always retains the copyright also on its translation. If the translation is sufficiently creative, the translator may thus become an additional copyright owner of the translation, provided that the act of translating has been legal (e.g., the translation has been allowed and sanctioned by the original copyright holder by commissioning to the translator the task of translating the work). It follows that translating a copyrighted work without the permission of the original copyright holder violates copyright law.

Machine translations, even when manually proofed and redacted, can never be protected by translator's copyright, since their bulk is not a creative work but the result of applying an algorithm to the original text. This regardless of whether the translation algorithms are copyrighted or patented. The copyright holder of the original text is therefore the sole holder of the copyright of a machine translation.

I don't know whether the contents of the entire web site www.dujingtou.com are unauthorized copy-translate-paste jobs from other sites, in violation of international copyright. They might very well be, and in this they are far from unique among Chinese web sites. I verified the following pages to be copies from pages at www.savazzi.net, but the list below is most likely far from complete. I stopped way short of checking each and every link on the current 139 index pages on the Chinese web site. Unsurprisingly, the comments function at www.dujingtou.com is present but disabled (and I can see no comments at all on this web site), so even if one wanted to, one cannot leave a publicly visible comment to inform visitors and website owners that the contents are in violation of copyright law.

The following index pages on www.dujingtou.com contain images copied without permission from my web site and links to pages copied and translated without permission from my web site:

A few examples of portions of index pages from www.dujingtou.com that contain in total 20 pictures copied without permission from my site (four or five other pictures are not mine, but are probably copied to www.dujingtou.com from some other site).

If you came here from www.dujingtou.com, or for that matter from anywhere in China, don't tell Uncle Xi . He strongly dislikes the home page of my site.

 


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