[sword-devel] Sorry, I can't export sapphire.zip, but...

Kirt Christensen sword-devel@crosswire.org
Fri, 19 Nov 1999 11:39:34 -0500

Thanks for your response.  I understand the need for the conversation
now.  One day soon, I hope to begin work again for placing the WEB
version, that I have downloaded, onto a handheld CE device with a flash
card for data storage.  Not that I expect CE to be viable in 30 years.
Until then....   

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Paul Johnson [mailto:mpj@ebible.org]
Sent: Friday, November 19, 1999 10:35 AM
To: sword-devel@crosswire.org
Subject: RE: [sword-devel] Sorry, I can't export sapphire.zip, but...

At 08:02 11/19/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>To the point, protecting against piracy to make this effort more
>commercially attractive to retailers seems a strange conversation for
>your mission as I understood it. ...

Your point hasn't escaped notice by everyone. The main point of the
project is to make available FREE Bible texts in many languages that can
viewed with FREE software, all of which may be freely copied. This makes

the Word of God most available to the most people, so that the most
can be saved and become true disciples of Jesus Christ. As such, point
sale control and copy protection are not issues.

Unfortunately, some Bible texts in some languages are not available for 
free, due to copyright restrictions and copyright holder policies. These

include some of the most popular translations in English, but also the
translations available in some other languages. This also includes the 
United Bible Societies Greek New Testament, in spite of the fact that
are valid arguments against the validity of this copyright. Therefore, 
without breaking copyright law, we either placate copyright holders with

some kind of point of sale control that they can manage, or we don't
those texts at all.

As for me, my efforts have been concentrated on preparing the text of
World English Bible, so that we can have a FREE whole Bible in Modern 
English, and reducing the need for commercial texts like the NIV, NKJV, 
NASB, NRSV, etc. These other reputable and trusted translations are
valuable for comparison and study, but with the World English Bible 
available, nobody who speaks English needs to be denied access to the
Bible in contemporary English for lack of payment to the associated 
copyright holders.

With over 6,000 languages spoken on this planet 
(http://www.sil.org/ethnologue), we have our work cut out for us...


Michael Paul Johnson