[sword-devel] Cool idea: Commercial Linux /Windows Bible prog ram based on Sword

Joachim Ansorg sword-devel@crosswire.org
Thu, 1 Feb 2001 15:41:03 +0100


Thank you very much for your eMail.

> For what it's worth, in my experience Bible societies aren't "profit"
> oriented. They're non-profit organizations. They do prefer, when they can,
> to get money for their copyrighted content rather than to give it away. But
> I think the reasoning, when you understand it, is not as "greedy" as you
> might think.

Ok, I thought they are "greedy" because I had some correspondence with the 
German Bible Society ("Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft") to get permissions for 
the revised Luther Bible either for free or for some unlocking fee.
The insisted on the point, that they want only a pure Linux solution, because 
their profit of Windows programs could be reduced by the Windows frontend of 
Sword. They even disliked selling the modules.
I heard other Bible societies are more friendly, but our Bible society in 
Germany isn't very friendly.

I do not understand their points, because other Bible programs like OLB, 
Bible Works and (probably) Logos ;) do ship their texts together with their 
Windows software.

Could you please give us some advice, how we could convince the German Bible 
Society to permit us to give te texts away for a "unlock fee"?
I think you have much experience in this area.

Again, I thank you for your eMail and explanations,

Joachim Ansorg
BibleTime - www.bibletime.de - info@bibletime.de
BibleTime is an easy to use Bible study tool for KDE / Linux.