First manufacturing, next paper peddling, then callcenters and now the outsourcing to India has begun also for writing as CNET's builder.com moves some of its freelance writing budget off shore. The English language is probably the biggest success in open source history. Free to use, free to extend and a worldwide standard for the exchange of information.
Caveats: (<- see how some parts of Latin lives on even in English. Something for the lawyers to look into)
When I say that Latin was global, I mean of course that it was used all over Europe.
The fact of translation of scientific journals is anecdotal. I need to document that somehow. Watch for updates.