Do you lose your copyright when your work is translated?

You've written what is sure to be a hit song according to your record company, but the producers want to test it out in a foreign market first - your producers hired a translator. Will your subtle lyrics and your copyright get lost in translation? Unfortunately, that's just what happened to Brazilian bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim, according to his family's lawsuit against Universal Studios Inc. and Universal Music Publishing Group. Jobim's widow and children claim the rights to his songs were wrongly assigned to Norman Gimbel, the man who translated them from Portuguese into English.

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Michelle Kaminsky, Esq.

by Michelle Kaminsky, Esq.

Freelance writer and editor Michelle Kaminsky, Esq. has been working with LegalZoom since 2004. She earned a Jur...

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Updated on: August 25, 2020 · 3min read


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