[sword-devel] Accusations...

Christian Renz sword-devel@crosswire.org
Sun, 5 Jan 2003 00:31:43 -0300

This info came just in via the support list (sorry for the full
quote, but I think not everybody is in that list):

On Sat, Jan 04, 2003 at 08:23:13PM -0600, Levey wrote:
>I have followed your work for years and occasionally look at your source or
>try one of your projects.  I used to mostly use the Online Bible, which you
>thanked in your online materials, and now mostly the eSword program.
>I was surprised then to find a "hall of shame" on their site listing you
>(and eSword) as villains who are stealing their work (
>http://www.onlinebible.net/hallofshame.html ).  What gives here?  I thought
>you had permission -- or none was needed -- to use their files.  Could you
>please comment on this.  They are using strong language towards you: "Sword
>Project. Troy blatantly lifted all the material from the Online Bible CD and
>then claimed it as public domain. We have a registered copyright with the
>Library of Congress which states otherwise. Troy is running a "Bible
>Society" founded on stolen material."
>Please give me your input on this.  I'm really surprised they have taken
>this stance.  So far as I know you do not distribute locked modules and are
>not a commercial enterprise.
>Thanks.  Paul Levey.

I guess it would be good to react to this _quickly_. Do we still have
a large number of modules created out of OLB sources? These days, most
files seem to be created out of electronic plain texts independent of
OLB, making the claim somewhat pointless. Or might they be referring
to the locked NIV etc. modules?


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