I cannot find any guidance on this. Do I need to change the copyright notice for an application that is automatically translated from a programming language into another one (and recompiled and renamed)? In my particular case, the original application is written in Java and translated into C# using a modified version of a commercial tool, if that makes a difference.
The original source coude is distributed under the MIT license, which is very permissive, except that it requires you to copy the original copyright notice in a derivatve work. Now, the original copyright notice looks like this:
Copyright (c) 2014 Original Author <[email protected]>
Should I leave this unchanged in my translated work or what should I do?
I don't need and don't want to claim authorship for a work I've just automatically translated using a tool, but I'm concerned that attributing my derivative work to the original author could be technically (or even legally) incorrect. The original author doesn't kwon about my work and would be likely surprised to start receiving emails concerning this software with a different name, written in a different language.