Wed, 8 Jan 2003 22:48:25 -0800
Troy, we had them free for a while, then took a year to get a contract, now
we sell them
----- Original Message -----
From: "Troy A. Griffitts" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 9:44 PM
Subject: [sword-devel] Re: CrossWire
> Thank you for taking the time to consider our offer. Your texts have
> been removed from public circulation from our site.
> We still list them in our module section but the user will be
> redirected to contact you if they are interested in obtaining your texts.
> Again, please let me know if there is any way we might serve you.
> As a last request, your three Indonesian translations were our only
> means to reach Indonesian speaking people groups. I'm sure your
> organization would know if there is a good, freely distributable Bible
> translation available to the Indonesian people. If you do know of one,
> may I ask for you to point us in that direction so we might again extend
> the Gospel to these people.
> Thank you for your service for our Lord,
> -Troy A. Griffitts.
> Alicia Ch. wrote:
> > Greetings from Indonesia.
> > I am sorry for a very late response due to activities during the end of
> > year 2002.
> > After a discussion within LAI staff, it was decided that we still do not
> > want our Bible texts to be put as free domain at the internet. That is
> > why we want you to remove all the three Bible texts copyrighted by
> > the Indonesian Bible Society as free texts, ASAP, before the end of
> > January 2003. People who need Indonesian Bible texts could
> > download the texts through a request with charges.
> > In the meantime, we thank you for your offer to have a free use of the
> > SWORD software. Our distribution department will consider this.
> > In His service,
> > Alicia Ch.
> > On 16 Oct 2002 at 13:42, Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
> >> Just wanted to give you a little background as to what CrossWire Bible
> >>Society exactly does. Our goal is to technically support other Bible
> >>societies with computer software and services. We have a Bible text
> >>research engine that runs on most all platforms, including Windows,
> >>Linux, Solaris, MacOSX, and others. And also works on a variety of
> >>platforms, including desktops, corporate servers, web servers, and
> >>handhelds. You will find more detailed information on these tools at
> >>our website: http://www.crosswire.org
> >> The same engine undergirds all of these tools. The engine is called
> >>The SWORD Project. Any SWORD module (Bible, commentary, dictionary,
> >>etc.) should work in any implementations. For example, a linux web
> >>server running our web interface that lets user search texts online can
> >>use all the same modules as a windows desktop running our end user
> >>windows study tools. Making your texts available as a sword module
> >>opens so many venues for presentation of your texts.
> >> CrossWire's policy regarding use of our software is governed by the GNU
> >>General Public License, which basically states that anyone may use our
> >>tools royalty free, as long as they make the tools available for free.
> >>Oddly, this means that you may even charge your users for our tools, as
> >>long as they know they may obtain them for free, online.
> >> This DOES NOT mean that your texts would be governed by this license--
> >>only our software. We want to make sure our tools remain free for
> >>organization and ministries. We leave the regulation of the use of your
> >>texts to your organization. For example, you could produce a CD that
> >>includes our software, and sell that CD. Officially, the price paid
> >>would be for your texts, and not our software. The only stipulation is
> >>that the user must be made aware that the _software_ (not your texts)
> >>may be freely obtained over the internet.
> >> All source code for our tools is offered to allow you to change our
> >>tools to suite your needs. We have a committed staff of professional
> >>software engineers that donate their time to develop these tools and
> >>support organizations that wish to utilize them in their ministry.
> >>These services are also offered to you freely.
> >> You may read our purpose statement at a link from our main site, if you
> >>wish to have more detailed information about what we do.
> >> My hope is that we may cooperate in service together for our Lord in
> >>furthering His Kingdom. As a member of a body, we provide our technical
> >>expertise; we desperately need your expertise of the Indonesian people
> >> Thank you for your consideration.
> >> In Him,
> >> -Troy A. Griffitts
> >> Director
> >> CrossWire Bible Society
> >> http://www.crosswire.org
> > ------------------------------
> > Translation Department of
> > The Indonesian Bible Society (LAI)
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