Translation Permission for His Royal Highness, Wants a Divorce

Translation Permission for His Royal Highness, Wants a Divorce

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Hi all,

This is just an update of my translation request so far.

tldr: I will leave Chapter 1-24 up but will take down the chapters after that

Copyright

I’ve been doing some reading up on China Copyright law. I couldn’t find any official source for the copyright law but I’ve read a few sites where the contents are the same so this link should be relatively reliable.

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Copyright_Law_of_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China_(2010)

So the key articles are

Article 10 “Copyright” shall include the following personal rights and property rights:

  • (1) the right of publication, that is, the right to decide whether to male a work available to the public;
  • (6) the right of distribution, that is, the right to provide the public with original copies or reproduced copies of works by means of selling or donating;
  • (15) the right of translation, that is, the right to transform the language of a work into another language;

A copyright owner may permit others to exercise the rights provided in Items (5) through (17) of the preceding paragraph, and may receive remuneration as agreed upon in the contract or in accordance with the relevant provisions in this Law.

A copyright owner may wholly or partially transfer the rights provided in Items (5) through (17) of Paragraph 1 of this article, and may receive remuneration as agreed upon in the contract or in accordance with the relevant provisions in this Law.”

Article 12 Where a work is created by adaptation, translation, annotation or arrangement of a pre-existing work, the copyright in the work thus created shall be enjoyed by the adapter, translator, annotator or arranger, provided that the copyright in the original work is not infringed upon.”

Section 4 Limitations on Rights, the cases stated doesn’t seem to fit my situation so I’ll ignore it.

So based on my interpretation which is subjected to personal bias, this probably means that I also have the right to translate and publish this work as long as I don’t infringe upon the author’s copyrights. Not sure what counts as infringing on the author’s rights though.

JJWXC and Author

Based on China’s copyright law, JJWXC may be considered the co-owner of the copyright of the stories. Crediting the author and possibly JJWXC, as well as including the original title of the story seems to also be required when translating a story from them.

The rights that JJWXC has over the novel depends on the contract signed between the author and JJWXC though. They seem to have different contracts for authors so I wasn’t sure who owned the above 3 rights in article 10.

So I first asked the author for permission to translate but she advised to seek JJWXC for permission instead. JJWXC then replied me for non-commercial use, please contact the author. After which, the author will contact them.

So currently, I’ve contacted the author who is contacting her editor. Hopefully there will be good news (:

30th May

Seems like the translation permission is still under discussion, so I’ll just keep posting until I reach Chapter 38, the last non-VIP chapter and decide again what to do next.

14th Jun

Unfortunately, even though the author was a nice person to discuss with, seems like for the VIP chapters, she’s unable to give the authorisation for translating the VIP chapters since it might fall under JJWXC jurisdiction.

I’m a bit confused since Chapter 39 was the start of VIP chapters according to what I saw on the JJWXC novel page but seems like Chapter 25 was actually the start of the VIP chapters. Maybe some VIP chapters became free after it was published for a long time? Anyway, she doesn’t mind letting me leave Chapter 1-24 up but I will be taking down the chapters from chapter 25-29. I will do so on 22nd June 2020 so to anyone who wants to read those chapters, y’all may want to download it or something before 22nd June.

To any future translators who may want to continue the story, well I’m still not sure on who and how to ask permission for VIP chapters but the process seems pretty complex and expensive. Although there’s no consensus on whether one should acquire permission before translating, I don’t really feel comfortable translating VIP chapters without it so I suppose I’ll leave it up to y’all to decide if y’all decide on translating the story~

7th Jul

I’ve decided to set Chapters 25-29 as password protected to make it a private translation instead.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Zo Arai says:

    Thank you for the update ❤️
    Sounds like a hassle, but I’m glad you decided to follow through.
    I hope everything will turn out well.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Haha yes, I’m like checking my messages and email everyday for any update~ hopefully I’ll get good news🥰🥰🥰

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  2. astridtoaigis says:

    Thanks for updating us.

    This is really a long and intricate process. Thank you for the hardwork.
    Let’s hope and pray for the good news.

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    1. Haha yeahh I’m not sure how many people are actually involved in the whole process of granting permission tbh~ Maybe that’s why it takes a while~ yes, praying hard 🙏🙏

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  3. Thanks you for your update. I love this novel.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. No problem~ unfortunately I’m dropping the translation~ maybe someone will pick up the novel to continue it though 🙂

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  4. Yasahara says:

    Unfortunately you dropped…It was pity since we cannot read this spicy novel from now on.. (QAQ) May the next novel you translate be completed to the end XD…I want to make an account for jjwx but language barrier really makes me sad …But just a question are you gonna be picking other novels???If so then which??

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    1. Haha I’m actually considering ‘The Governor is Sick’/‘There is something wrong with the governor’ which a few readers have recommended. It’s completely free, except for the 3 extras. So I’ll prob just finish the main text only. It may be a while before I actually post anything though~ This novel feels quite plot heavy, so it seems better to at least roughly read through the whole novel once before translating. Sadly my Chinese is pretty bad and I may translate some plot points wrongly. So I might just do a teaser instead so that other translation groups can be aware of the novel~ In the meantime, they have a translated manga which is still ongoing, but temporarily stopped due to the virus~ you can go check it out if u’re interested~

      HAHAHA true, the website itself is pretty hard to use, u can check out
      https://shokotranslates.wordpress.com/jjwxc/
      For a guide to jjwxc~

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  5. M says:

    Hi just wanted to say thank you for your hard work in translating and going through this process cuz it’s really hard work and you didn’t have to either, so thank you 😊. I’m kinda confused tho, since the next chapters are private translation now, does that mean it’s paid content? Or if it’s free how do I find out the password?

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    1. Hmm I’ve actually decided to drop the novel~

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