[crm-sig] ISO Copyright issues

martin martin at ics.forth.gr
Tue May 7 23:04:46 EEST 2002

Dear Nick,

If I understand correctly, the point is, that not any translation can be regarded
rendering the intention of the translated standard. I.e. the distinction between
an unauthorized and an authorized translation must be kept clear, and authorization
is given by ISO. In that case, I'd propose to encourage people to make at first
unauthorized translations, that we can pick up one by one and examine for authorization.
The unauthorized translations will be still of value to help people that are not so fluent
in English to understand better the ideas.



Nicholas Crofts wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> One of my tasks is to inform the SIG about copyright
> issues relating to translations of the CRM.
> I have received the following reply from the ISO
> secretariat: (English summary below)
> Je rιponds ΰ votre demande concernant les traductions
> de normes ISO. Il est tout ΰ fait possible de traduire
> une normes ISO pour des besoins personnelles dans des
> langues autres que les trois langues officielles de
> l'ISO (anglais, franηais et russe). Par contre seule
> la traduction validιe par le (ou les) comitι(s)
> membre(s) de l'ISO ayant commme langue nationale la
> langue dans laquelle la norme ISO a ιtι traduite est
> considιrιe comme traduction officielle. D'autre part
> les normes ISO sont protιgιes par le droit d'auteur de
> l'organisation. Ceci couvre aussi les traductions et
> en consιquence la vente des traductions n'est
> autorisιe que dans la mesure ou un accord de droit
> d'auteur est signι entre le distributeur de la
> traduction et l'ISO, reprιsentιe par le Secrιtariat
> central.
> To resume:
> * Anyone can make an unofficial translation of an ISO
> standard for personal use.
> * An "offical" translation has to be validated by at
> least one ISO national committee whose national
> language is that of the translation.
> * Sale of translations of ISO standards requires
> signature of a copyright agreement between the
> distributor and the ISO central secretariat.
> Best wishes
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