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Déjà Vu

I was visiting the Foreign Language Forum on CompuServe the other day, when I read a message posted by Gabe Bokor of Accurapid Translation Services in Poughkeepsie, New York. He wrote: “I entered the first words (‘Conveying your message across linguistic and cultural barriers’) of my website (accurapid.com) in Google, and I found no fewer than 6 (six) sites, ranging from Russia to Thailand, that had copied the exact wording of my site. It seems to be SOP for Asian translation agencies to cull text from U.S. & British sites.”

This did not seem that surprising to me, but what really threw me was a reply by Kevin Hendzel of ASET International Services Corporation in Arlington, Virginia: “A few years ago, we had a TC in Argentina copy our entire site, word-for-word. They even included all the images, buttons, text; everything. We were very suprised to find pictures of ourselves under their ‘staff’ section!”

Now that had to be a surprise.

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