Nov 3, 2010

#BDS: Egyptian author threatens to sue Israeli-Palestinian NGO for translating book without permission

Though no profits were earned as the novel was published for free, the writer is upset because he wanted to boycott the Hebrew language for political reasons.

Egyptian author Alaa Al Aswany is threatening to sue the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information ‏(IPCRI‏) for translating and publishing his acclaimed novel “The Yacoubian Building” against his will.
IPCRI published a Hebrew translation of the book on its website over the weekend. It said Al Aswany has persistently refused to have his books published in Israel, but the center decided to offer the book to Hebrew readers regardless. The title page says the translation is copyrighted by “IPCRI 2010.”
Al Aswany told reporters over the weekend that IPCRI’s action was a gross violation of his copyright, and that translating and publishing his book without permission was theft. He planned to sue IPCRI, he said.

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