[sword-devel] Important: Copyright & Modules

Jerry Hastings sword-devel@crosswire.org
Wed, 14 Feb 2001 13:38:27 -0700

I have a few suggestions.

1) Have someone not connected with the creation of modules verify the 
copyright status of each work posted.

2) Post a disclaimer on the download pages that the unlocked texts are 
"believed" to be public domain or permitted by license agreements. And 
others doing their own distributions should do their own verifications.

3) Post an email address for contacts concerning copyrights and violations 
on the download pages.

4) When in doubt remove a module.

5) Keep in mind that the copyright holder does not need to prove to someone 
violating his copyright, that he holds a valid copyright before it becomes 
a violation.

6) Don't distribute locked modules to ANYONE, unless there is an agreement 
with the copyright holder to permit it.


At 10:04 PM 2/13/2001 -0800, Jonathan Hughes wrote:
>Dear Everyone,
>        A couple days ago someone from the Norsk Bibel AS wrote into the
>sword-support mailing list that the NorNBK module is copyrighted by them, we
>have it as freely distributable on the Sword web site. My question is who
>packaged the
>modules we make available? Where was the quality assurance that these texts
>were indeed available for public distribution? We need to make an audit of
>our modules to make sure they are all available for public distribution. So
>if you are responsible for packaging a module please get into contact with
>me at jhughes@crosswire.org.
>In Christ,