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[Attention!] Important points to keep in mind before using machine translation services

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In the recent years, machine translation has considerably improved to enable anyone to get an understanding of texts written in a foreign language. But did you know that there are some rules to comply with when using machine translation services? This is what we are going to discuss in this post.

① Have you checked the respective providers’ Terms of Service before using their services?

It is undeniable that machine translation is easier and faster than looking up for each word in a traditional dictionary.

However, it is also true that, in many cases, those machine translation results shall remain for personal use only and not be shared publicly. Failing to respect this copyright can therefore lead to many troubles; that is why you should systematically check the Terms of Service of your machine translation provider before requesting their services.

② Agreed with a Non-Disclosure Agreement? Be particularly careful!

As we deal with a great number of business related requests on Conyac, it is not rare that we have to handle confidential information from our clients. Following this, you will be most likely to agree with a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and this is where things get tricky. In that case, pasting a text in an online machine translator will indeed be considered as providing information to a third-party, breaching your agreement in the process!

In case this kind of situation happens, the person who used the service will be fully responsible and may expose themselves to sanctions such as paying indemnities.

It is therefore important not to take this practice lightly, even for occasional uses.

③ Machine translation is not always allowed on Conyac neither!

Using machine translation results for Light and Standard requests on Conyac is also forbidden as mentioned in our Terms of Service, article 12-6.

This practice is only allowed in some Market projects, when the requesters clearly allow their applicants to do so. It would then be all fine, but do not forget to check your provider’s Terms of Service before submitting anything!

Machine translation is definitely a powerful and convenient service, but it does come with some regulations as well. We therefore strongly recommend you to look into this carefully and keep using Conyac in the right way to ensure everyone a safe working environment.

Please do not hesitate to contact us through our inquiry form for any concerns about this matter.

Languages English 19 Apr 2017 at 19:08
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