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

Jerry Hastings sword-devel@crosswire.org
Wed, 31 Jan 2001 11:52:36 -0700

  Joachim Ansorg wrote:

>For this solution we need a commercial Bible program,

I think all you really need for that is to set up a commercial company that 
offers the Sword family of programs and modules along with locked modules 
and keys (or whatever security system works with Sword). You couldn't 
charge for the program, but you could charge shipping, handling and 
copying. And most important, you could charge for modules that are not 
licensed as non-commercial. That means you could charge and collect to 
cover the cost of royalties.

Then you can go to the bible businesses and convince them that they can 
make enough money with you to be worth their effort and outweigh the risk 
of a few people making illegal copies. No matter what the security, some 
people will be able to break it. You need to convince them that there is 
enough money to be made to cover the unpaid copies.

Also, you can farm out all the work. There are services that take orders, 
make CDs and do all the shipping for you. All you have to do is get the 
rights from the publishers, pay bills and taxes and take a profit.