[sword-devel] Copyright Scripture distribution

David Burry sword-devel@crosswire.org
Tue, 7 Dec 1999 00:33:19 -0800 (PST)

Shall we pay taxes to Cesear? Show me a coin.  Whose inscription is on it?  
Render unto Cesear the things that are Cesear's and unto God the things
that are God's.

Shall we pay the NIV tax?  Show me an NIV Bible.  Whose copyright notice
is on it?  Render unto Zondervan the things that are Zondervan's and unto
God the things that are God's.

You may interpret this any way you wish and I shall not argue.  That is
only between you, Zondervan, Cesear, and God!  ;-)


Touching Lives in Cyberspace

On Tue, 7 Dec 1999, Pergamum wrote:

> > With my own shareware Bible software, SwordSearcher, I do ask people to
> pay
> > for it (and I then send them a CD-ROM), but I also allow ANYONE who
> requests
> > a free registration to use it without pay. It's the least I can do, and
> > since God is blessing me with enough paid users to support my family, I
> > think I have the right attitude. And I doubt anyone here would argue that
> > programming is not a creative work. :-)
> >
> > -Brandon
> That is actually a very valid point, and one I have been trying to make (in
> regards to profit, that is).  There is nothing wrong with profit... but you
> also do not tell people that the bible text you use in SwordSearcher is
> illegal to use without permission.  That is exactly however what these
> companies are doing.  I never assume to be able to quote Zondervan -specific
> texts, but for them to forbid me using the text of Gen1 - Rev 22 is sheer
> lunacy and goes against GOD commands me to do.  Thus, relying on what GOD
> defines sin as: i.e. NOT doing what He commands.  Isn't Zondervan, i.e.
> forbidding me to follow GOD's command. a sin?