Originally Posted by Nate the great
This is an interesting question, so I looked it up. Under US law a translation is a derivative work. The original part of the work is not protected under the same copyright as the parts added to the original. I am not certain whether a translation adds to the work.
Is it a valid copyright? I am waiting for an email from the US Copyright office.
I found several copyrights for German to English translations of Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. Each translation has a valid copyright.