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Mathias

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GNU Public License to be translated or rather not...
« on: December 16, 2019, 08:10:45 pm »
As long as ArcaNoae Mantis is not yet back up, translations still go on. : )

Question is though, should the GNU Public License in Warpin (warpin.wis) be translated to other languages too? Even if the text does not say so, I've read elsewhere that translating contracts voids their existence, as you'd need a lawyer to check if the meaning has not changed by translating the text.
So.. if nobody has other thoughts or valid reasoning, I'll keep the english translation of the GNU Public License and just translate the rest around it..

Dave Yeo

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Re: GNU Public License to be translated or rather not...
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2019, 11:09:56 pm »
I'd just leave it. Users don't have to agree with it to use GPL software anyways, just distributors and I don't know why so many packages display it. The COPYing file and as a rule of thumb, all other upper case files should be part of the distribution.

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Re: GNU Public License to be translated or rather not...
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2019, 01:43:17 am »
Hi

Here I found more about translating the GNU GPL license.
https://www.gnu.org/licenses/translations.html
https://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0-translations.html
But I think they have a point about leaving it on English.

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Re: GNU Public License to be translated or rather not...
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2019, 09:45:58 am »
As long as ArcaNoae Mantis is not yet back up, translations still go on. : )

Question is though, should the GNU Public License in Warpin (warpin.wis) be translated to other languages too? Even if the text does not say so, I've read elsewhere that translating contracts voids their existence, as you'd need a lawyer to check if the meaning has not changed by translating the text.
So.. if nobody has other thoughts or valid reasoning, I'll keep the english translation of the GNU Public License and just translate the rest around it..


Hello,
based on my experience and on what I've studied in the past, GPL is NOT to be translated. The costs to verify the closeness between the actual original GPL and the translated one would be unacceptable and a translated GPL is considered as not valid.
This is what the FSF / GNU say, by the way, so I didn't take my time to provide a translated version of the GPL in my works, be them for OS/2 or else.

Mentore

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Re: GNU Public License to be translated or rather not...
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2019, 11:12:40 am »
Hehe as I thought. : ) - Thank you guys!! I'll include the original one.

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Re: GNU Public License to be translated or rather not...
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2019, 09:01:00 pm »
I'll include the original one.
Lewis has written that as well, at least for the ANPM translation.