[SOLVED] LyricsTranslate posts used automatically in Facebook translations of poems/songs

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Super Member
Joined: 10.07.2014
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Hi,

I noticed recently that Facebook has been automatically pulling translations from LyricsTranslate when it translates songs/poetry into the user's language. I think this is kind of weird, especially given that many people here post artistic translations that they don't want copied without permission. What do you all think about this?

I personally am fine with actual people posting my translations (artistic or otherwise) on other sites as long as they say I wrote it (I'm actually happy when they do so, because it indicates they liked my work). However, having Facebook do this automatically with a "Rate This Translation" link at the bottom rubs me the wrong way. I don't put translations on LT for them to be grabbed by Facebook and Google as fodder for their translation machines. (I had a feeling Google was grabbing snippets from LT to feed Google Translate, but I never suspected either Google or Facebook would grab an entire translated poem.

At least Facebook had the decency to put my name on stuff, which is how I found it, but I don't know if it always manages to add authors' names. Anybody else noticed this and found it irritating?

Editor
Joined: 16.02.2016

Hi. I think it would be copyright (or user rights) infringement if they took translations without first LT's consent and then the translator's consent. Can you provide a link to a sample of this automatized service? Is it done by Facebook or by its users? Is Google Translate showing our translations?

Super Member
Joined: 10.07.2014

Here's an example. I tried to paste a screenshot, but apparently you can't do that in these comments. Hopefully the link shows you what it shows me (you need to click on "See Translation" underneath the original Russian text).
https://www.facebook.com/search/str/robin%2Bkallsen%2Bkarelika/stories-k...
If you see what I see (the results are probably personalized), the poem in question (by Pushkin) has been translated multiple times, and Facebook is pulling three of them into the "See Translation" portion of the post. Underneath mine is a "Rate This Translation" link. As far as I can tell, the person posting the poem had nothing to do with the translations appearing underneath the Russian text.
It does say my name with a Copyright symbol, but I don't know if LT knows Facebook is doing this or not. Plus the first translation of the three doesn't have the author's name listed.
As I said before, I don't mind real humans sharing my translations (whether or not they ask me about it), but I don't think Facebook's robots should be allowed to do this (unless of course they ask me first, LOL).

Editor from the Land of Fire
Joined: 21.06.2013

Hello. I couldn't see what you saw when clicking on the link you've posted. Please, try to upload your screenshot here, then post the link in this forum. So we'll all see what you saw.

Super Member
Joined: 10.07.2014

Actually I think I misinterpreted what was going on... I just expanded the entire post and found that Facebook was basically trying to translate the whole thing into English (including my translation, which was already posted in English). Never mind, looks like my translation was actually posted by the travel company, which I'm totally cool with. Anyway sorry if I confused people, everything's good, no copyright infringement by Facebook Regular smile

Super Member
Joined: 10.07.2014

Actually it was a false alarm, I'm new to Facebook and couldn't tell what was part of the actual post and what was part of the translation Regular smile

Editor from the Land of Fire
Joined: 21.06.2013

Ah, okay. Regular smile