[sword-devel] Here's Our Chance: Copyright Negotations

Jonathan Hughes sword-devel@crosswire.org
18 Sep 2002 04:19:30 +0000

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Hey Everyone,

	I am encouraged by all of this conversation over what we should do.
Here are some of my 2 cent thoughts. The thing that I think about is how
much control do we want over the distributing of the texts. This all
revolves around the economic aspects of distributing texts. If we host a
payment site at crosswire.org then I believe we have more of a say in
how much the modules will be sold for. We would be like a reseller.
However if we simply made text available in formats that can be used
with the SWORD Projects software and give those to the publishers and
Bible societies then it will be simply be at their will, the price they
charge. Is this a fight we want to be in is a good questions to ask? I
would like to see translation modules that are afordable for anyone.
Idealy it would be nice to have them completely free so that the largest
amount of people can have them.
	We have some of the South African translations already in our
library...so the first step would be to simply use those and distribute
	Does anyone have specific ideas of partnerships we can forge to get a
central payment site setup, maybe something that we don't run but we are
in partnership with and can provide a platform for payment that the
Bible societies can use? (Daniel Glassey I did get your e-mail on a site
that you had in mind) Thanks for any direction that you can bring.

On Tue, 2002-09-17 at 23:01, Daniel Blake wrote:
> I agree. My intention with my next comment isn't to put anyone down, it i=
> merely to point out an observation.
> I believe I have seen the Online Bible become more and more a commercial
> bible software package than it was ever intended to be because of this ve=
> thing.
> I am not against having a way of including copyrighted materials I just
> think it needs to not side track the purpose of the project.
> Just my opinion.
> Daniel Blake
> > I strongly recommend that we not get into the ordeal of handling money =
> > distributing texts for sale.  This is not a moral issue (at least I don=
> want
> > to go there again), but a shear matter of focus.  The Sword Project sho=
> stick
> > with software development.  We can offer to create a module that they c=
> > distribute or offer an encrypted module that others can pay them direct=
> to get
> > the encryption code.  Other than that, I feel we are asking for trouble=
> > getting into the rest.
> >
> > My 2 cents only!
> >
> > Dan
> >
> > Quoting Jonathan Hughes <jhughes@crosswire.org>:
> >
> > > Hey Everyone,
> > >
> > > So I have been skimming through the copyright and locked module relat=
> > > e-mails that have been flying around this mailing list. Well here is =
> > > chance to help a Bible society out and also have their translations
> >
> > > available for people to download. The Bible Society of South Africa h=
> > > expressed that they would be willing for us to distribute their
> > > translations for a small fee (they say $10, I would like to see it
> > > closer to $5). So how are we going to do this? I am looking for ideas
> > > from anyone but particularly those that will have to do some work to
> > > implement things (Troy and Chris). I would like to have something to
> > > propose to them in the next couple of days. Thanks so much.
> > >
> > > In Christ,
> > > Jonathan Hughes
> > > -----------------------------------------------
> > > Copyright Coordinator
> > > E-mail: jhughes@crosswire.org
> > > Web: http://www.crosswire.org/sword/copyright/
> > > -----------------------------------------------
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >

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