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An editor published for a free scenario for a role-playing game.

The French editor possesses the translate right for all the content of the game, free content included.

Is it possible for the French editor to legally stop a translation from fans of the free content to being shared publicly?

PS: The translation is not yet published.


Un éditeur anglais à publié un scénario gratuit pour un jeu de rôle. L'éditeur français chargé de la traduction possède les droits de traduction et publication du contenu payant ET gratuit.

Est-ce légalement possible pour l'éditeur français d'interdir la publication de traduction réalisée par des fans, bénévolement et distibuée gratuitement ?

PS : La traduction n'est pas encore publié par l'éditeur en question.

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It depends on the terms of the license(s)

If the copyright owner has given exclusive rights to translate into French to all content it produces into French and then issues a license to a third party which allows them to also make a translation, then it has broken its contract with the translator. This would allow the translator to sue the owner for damages but it is unlikely that it would be able to stop a third-party. In general, a contract can only bind the parties subject to that contract.

If the third-party knew about the exclusive license with the translator the translator could sue them for tortious interference. If the third-party made the translation without permission of the copyright owner then that is, of course, copyright violation allowing the owner to sue and, if the terms of the license with the translator permit, the translator to sue in place of the owner.

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  • The copyright owner didn't have any contact with the translator since it's fan-made. – Dorian Turba Nov 19 '19 at 7:57
  • It seems hard to defend a tortious interference since translation is not yet published AND it is free in the English version. That's why they translate the document. – Dorian Turba Nov 19 '19 at 8:00

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