[sword-devel] Often-requested yet never-available Bibles

David Haslam d.haslam at ukonline.co.uk
Sat Jul 25 11:37:54 MST 2009

Jolon Faichney (the author the Go Bible program for mobile phones) approached
Zondervan in 2007, to request their permission for the NIV.

On May 10th, 2007, he reported having got a reply to the effect that 
"the NIV costs US$10,000 to license and then US$10 per copy. There is also a
rather detailed approval process."

Source = Go Bible Forum
http:// http://jolon.org/vanillaforum/comments.php?DiscussionID=7 

Is it conceivable that Rick Meyers payed IBS (now  http://www.biblica.com/
Biblica ) a similar license fee for distributing the e-Sword NIV?
If so, he must have done the maths for the business model based on the
charge per copy for users to download.

Being a non-income "organization", CrossWire is just not in this league.

-- David Haslam

Karl Kleinpaste-2 wrote:
> Ryan <adyeths at gmail.com> writes:
>> Earlier this year I contacted IBS and they told me "Our policy at this
>> time does not allow us to release the NIV database to individuals or for
>> use in Linux based, open source or shareware software products;
>> therefore IBS-STL will not be granting your request for use of the NIV."
> Gee, it must be nice to know that they would actually recognize your
> corporeal existence.
> The prejudice as to computer environments is nauseating.  I'd say from
> that text that they probably suffer from the delusion of Linux as "a
> hacker's system" and that "open source" equates in their minds to
> "unable to secure the text," yet they've had NIV/NIrV/TNIV available for
> eSword for years which, until 60 days ago, had the crappiest excuse for
> anti-security the computer world has ever seen.
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