02:08 Sep 17, 2006
French to English translations [PRO]
Paper / Paper Manufacturing / Photocopying
French term or phrase: photocopiller
it's when you photocopy an entire book (for use) instead of buying it. a practice frowned upon but quite common.

just can't put the english term to it.
Local time: 23:26

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5 +5pirate
Nicholas Ferreira
4illegal photocopying, make illegal photocopies
Bourth (X)



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Hope this helps (to prevent the practice...!)
8. to use or reproduce (a book, an invention, etc.) without authorization or legal right: to pirate hit records.

Nicholas Ferreira
Local time: 23:26
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish

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agree  Jean-Claude Gouin
58 mins
  -> Merci !

agree  Uma Hariharan
4 hrs
  -> Merci Uma !

agree  Tony M: But misses the 'jeu de mots' of the original; maybe invent the word 'photocopirate'?
4 hrs
  -> Good point! Alas, the limitation of the English language! But you could still get the same effect by saying something like "copies yes, pirate copies no" to translate "Photocopier oui, photocopiller non"

agree  Jean-Luc Dumont: Tony has a point: photocopirates do not respect copyrights :-)
8 hrs
  -> Thank you! I don't know that ProZ.commers should be inventing neologisms! The term "pirate" or "make a pirate copy" already connotes illegal activity that violates copyright laws.

agree  alcaeus: I strongly agree with you, Nicholas, that we ought not to invent neologisms. It is my opinion that our business is to translate words, not to create them.
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  -> Merci, Joseph !
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illegal photocopying, make illegal photocopies

Shame there's no equivalent wordplay in English, so I think you have to repress the smile and get on with it ...

"Illegal photocopying" because photocopying within reason is legal.

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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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