[sword-devel] Other Bible versions

Richard Gray richard at bluesheep.me.uk
Mon Jun 28 16:45:07 MST 2004

> We're kind of clueless about how e-Sword got permission to distribute the 
> TEV or CEV for free, and so are our contacts at ABS.  But, in fairness, 
> the people we know at ABS aren't the rights people.  Let us know if you 
> hear anything useful in reply.

Thats interesting to hear. I'm not sure that E-sword are doing things in the 
most honest of ways, as I have downloaded a number of their bibles, and none of 
them seem to come with an associated software license. I would have assumed that 
even if the actual text is distributed for free, they would be required to put 
in the file that says "Less than 500 verses, as long as its not a whole book etc 
etc etc."

I emailed another software developer called Online Bible, to ask about 
alternative versions, and the second I mentioned E-Sword I got firmly knocked 
back because (quote) "We have great reservation with anything associated with 
e-sword. They took our copyright materials for their CD without permission." 
I'll try and press things further.

As a Brit, its hard for me to get in touch with anyone in the ABS, however I do 
have the ear of the current chairman for the Scottish Bible Society. Is he 
likely to be of any use? I presume the associated licenses are held by the IBS 
as opposed to the ABS?

I had a look at the ToDo list. I'm primarily a Java developer, but the JSword 
wiki doesn't appear to have changed since 2002. Is it dead in the water? If so, 
I can turn my hand to other programming languages, but if JSword is still alive 
(or even sinking, but still moving) then I'd sign up for that :)


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