Suing fucked translators

I am told that translators all used to be self-employed and not worth suing, but that the slow advance of litigation in the market is changing all that. Phrases like “you can’t sue me for more than the value of this contract” won’t cut it, limited liability companies will need to be considered, and liability insurance will give greedy lawyers something worth suing. That’s not going to stop me translating Occitan for well-heeled loonies, but I might become even less enthusiastic about complicated medical shite. There’s an old post here, and I’m sure more dedicated searchers will find ample reward.

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Last updated 11/07/2012

This post pre-dates my organ-grinding days, and may be imported from elsewhere.

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Föcked Translation (414): I posted to a light-hearted blog called Fucked Translation over on Blogger from 2007 to 2016, when I was often in Barcelona. Its original subtitle was "What happens when Spanish institutions and businesses give translation contracts to relatives or to some guy in a bar who once went to London and only charges 0.05€/word." I never actually did much Spanish-English translation (most of my work is from Dutch, French and German) but I was intrigued and amused by the hubristic Spanish belief, then common, that nepotism and quality went hand in hand, and by the nemeses that inevitably followed.

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