[sword-devel] copyright question

Paul Dean sword-devel@crosswire.org
11 Nov 2000 22:21:59 +0000

Ok, I've gotten round to begin writing a psword, a sword program in
perl.  So far it works fine with vpl files and has some features.
I'll probably get round to putting in support for the sword modules,
when I have another couple of days free.

My question is this: Especially because it's written in perl, it would
be easy(only 20 lines of code or so) to provide a function whereby the
user can download and process into vpl an entire bible translation
from one of the bible sites(eg gospelcom.net).  It would have to be
done chapter by chapter, but that would be ok.

Clearly, this has my head doing loops about copyright issues.  I'd be
distributing a program which would enable the user to download an
entire copyrighted bible.

My thoughts: Is this any different to what netscape does when you
browse gospelcom.net?  It puts into its cache all of it, chapter by
chapter.  My program would be doing essentially the same.

You guys here seem to have done some research on the copyright issues
involved with bibles, so I thought I'd ask here.

Your thoughts appreciated,