Declaration of independence

On July 4, 1776, the founding fathers of the United States signed the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 2008 Kilgray Translation Technologies celebrated this anniversary by signing the following declaration to remain independent and not sell the company to one of the major translation service providers. On July 4, 2012 we are renewing this declaration.
 

July 4th 2008 Declaration

We, the Signatory Parties believe that technology is crucial to translation and localization service providers. We think it is not an advantage for a company to buy their technology from and depend on one of their competitors.
We believe that companies operating both as language service and language technology providers have a vested interest in providing two-tiered offering. They are bound to keep the most competitive and comprehensive translation technology for themselves, and only release a restricted version to the market. Thus language service companies who buy technology from a competitor cannot be as competitive and productive as those who buy technology from an independent company. On July 4th, 2008 we have signed this Declaration of Independence that we see as a positive charter of rights for our customers.

We hold the statements below to be irrevocable, because all translation service providers are created equal, they have certain unalienable Rights, that among these are including Foundation, Operation and the Liberty of choosing the right Translation Technology Provider.

Founders of Kilgray, as a pioneer among translation technology providers and the associated Signatory Parties declare that they strive to act in accordance with the following:
 
  • It is in the LSPs' interest to buy technology from independent vendors.
  • The Signatory Parties are committed to remaining an independent vendor.
  • It is extremely unlikely that the Signatory Parties will find themselves as part of a company owned by a services provider.
  • In the event we become partly or entirely owned by a language services provider, we warrant that within five years from signature we will return the license fee on request to any LSP who purchased in the year previous to any acquisition.
  • We, the Signatory Parties hold this Declaration to be irrevocable.
  • Information is crucial within the language industry and, as a further safeguard for our LSP customers, the Signatory Parties will not request for information from customers that could be useful for a competitor. On the other hand, the Signatory Parties welcome LSPs that want to grow together with them.
We hereby invite fellow technology providers to join us in signing this Declaration.
Signed in Budapest, on July 4th, 2008

Renewal of this declaration

The owners of Kilgray Translation Technologies reconfirm our commitment to our 2008 declaration of independence and declare that they strive to act in accordance with the following:
 
  • It is in the LSPs' interest to buy technology from independent vendors.
  • The Signatory Parties are committed to remaining an independent vendor.
  • It is extremely unlikely that the Signatory Parties will find themselves as part of a company owned by a language services provider.
  • In the event a language services provider or language services providers get a controlling share in the company, we warrant that within three years from signature we will return the license fee on request to any LSP who purchased in the year previous to any acquisition.
  • We, the Signatory Parties hold this Declaration to be irrevocable.
 
 
July 4th 2012, Budapest, Hungary.


Balázs Kis                     István Lengyel               Gábor L. Ugray                        Peter Reynolds