[sword-devel] One thing That I would like to see...

Barry Drake b-drake at supanet.com
Wed Feb 16 10:50:20 MST 2005

Hi there .......

DM Smith wrote:

> Two questions regarding this:
> What changes would need to be made to Sword to allow the unlocking of 
> a locked module?
> What progress has been made with publishers to provide locked 
> translations?

This has been said before, but I guess it's time to repeat it.  Sword 
has already the provision for handling locked (encrypted) modules.  A 
'locked' module simply requires the appropriate Cypher Key to be entered 
into the .conf file for that module.  Install Manager will do this 
during installation if you have the key before installing the module.  
So far it couldn't be simpler!

The problem is that most of the copyright holders would be willing to 
negotiate an arrangement whereby The Sword Project would be allowed to 
purchase the right to sell modules.  Unfortunately there is no provision 
within the project for operating on a commercial basis.  So far, offers 
have been made to many of the copyright holders that we would make a 
locked module for them, and supply it to them free of charge so that 
they could then arrange their own distribution.  None of them have as 
yet taken up this option.

Once again, could I say that a number of publishers (copyright holders) 
have been deeply upset by the cavalier attitude of some correspondents 
who have told them in the nastiest possible way that it is immoral to 
earn a living by selling the bible.  Please - if you write to copyright 
holders, try to be very restrained, and leave them the right to earn a 
crust or two!

Remember what Paul says about the Ox on the threshing floor!

God bless,
Barry Drake.

-- From Barry Drake (The Revd) minister of the Netherfield United 
Reformed church, Nottingham see http://www.jesusinnetherfield.org.uk for 
our church homepages).

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