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

Troy A. Griffitts sword-devel@crosswire.org
Sun, 29 Sep 2002 09:36:33 -0700

	While there is nothing from preventing you from doing this under the 
terms of the GPL.  I personally have goals for the project that would 
lean against it.

	I would like CrossWire to form partnerships with copyright holders and 
Bible Societies that allow them to use our software in their ministry.

	With the recent release of the OSIS specification, my hope is for SWORD 
to become the premier OSIS Bible reader, freely available for these 
organizations to recommend or distribute themselves.

	With the sponsorship of the Amercan Bible Society, and Society for 
Biblical Literature, I'm sure there will be a huge library of OSIS 
encoded texts soon available, sold either by these organizations, 
themselves, or in bundle packs from other software distributors.

	We currently have export tools that allow most of our library to be 
exported as an OSIS text.

	ABS has already asked us if we would be willing to encode their CEV 
text in OSIS for them.

	I hope this gives a little more insight into my hopes regarding this 
issue.  Thank you for your willingness to help.


PS.  An update with regard to the Afrikaans Bible Society:  They already 
have the facilities to accept orders online, themselves, and have no 
problems working within our current policy.  In fact, I just received an 
Afrikaans locale file today!

David's Mailing List and Spam Reciever wrote:
> On Tuesday 24 September 2002 06:23 pm, Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
>>Our position with copyrighted texts:
>>We will help publishers and copyright holders with their text for sword.
>>  We will even distribute their text for them for free, or as locked
>>modules.  We will not handle their money for them.  If they will not
>>allow us to distributed freely under any terms, then we will encipher
>>and provide them with the module and key, and even publish the
>>enciphered module for download from our site, but this is as far as
>>CrossWire will go, in regard to selling modules.
> What if there was an independant ministry that handled the money if the 
> publisher/copyright holder can't/won't? I have an internet ministry currently 
> in limbo that I could use for such a purpose I guess.