[sword-devel] Copyrighting The Bible?

Troy A. Griffitts sword-devel@crosswire.org
Mon, 27 Aug 2001 17:47:19 -0700

Just to be sure everyone understands...  CrossWire does not copyright
any Bible texts.  We would love to give all of our modules away for
free.  The locked modules are such because we are under the impression
that someone is claiming copyright on them and thus we are not legally
able to distribute them for free.  Please let us know if you can show us
that one of our locked modules if freely distributable.  We would love
to unlock it.


Kees Bergwerf wrote:
> Hi Nathan,
> Op maandag 27 augustus 2001 02:02, schreef u:
> > Is that their right? To change slightly, for example, the KJV, call it the
> > MKJV, and copyright it? Who wrote it anyway? Did they, or did God?
> That is also my problem. The Dutch translation (SVV) has always been a free
> translation but now I see on the crosswire site that it is locked :-(
> In a way I can understand why a copyright is neccesary. It takes care that
> not everybody can copy and perhaps change the text a little. So in that point
> a copyright is ok. But on the other hand, when we can download a translation
> somewhere where it is safe to download from, it should be free. imho.
> > aware of the legal position on translation, of course, but it still
> > disgusts me that people can do that.
> Me too.
> A lot of people have helped to make the translations available for the online
> bible. They spend their free time, knowing that the purpose was to give
> everybody a bible. And for that, I cannot understand the locking of
> translations.
> --Kees