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Germany: Court Rules for More Pay for Translators

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The German high court ruled on Wednesday that literary translators will now be entitled to claim a percentage of the proceeds of books that sell more than 5,000 copies. Translators will be continue to receive a guaranteed fee — an advance of sorts — and when a title sells more than 5,000 copies, the translator will be entitled to 0.8% net receipts for hardcover books sold and 0.4% for paperbacks sold. The ruling came about after a translator sued a German publishing group after being paid 15 Euros per page to translate two novels from English into German, a fee she felt was inadequate.

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