[sword-devel] CrossWire mirroring

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Fri Jan 4 07:09:51 MST 2013

From time to time, interest has been expressed in mirroring CrossWire's SWORD modules. I thought I'd reiterate our policy.

We strongly, very strongly, discourage mirroring of the SWORD module repository.

Those modules for which CrossWire has obtained distribution permission from copyright holders must not be mirrored. These have "DistributionLicense=Copyrighted; Permission to distribute granted to CrossWire" in their conf. CrossWire maintains correspondence for each of these modules.

Mirrors are seldom current/correct, despite intentions.

On occasion we have unintentionally hosted modules for which we did not have permission. When presented with an ownership claim, we typically will take the module offline immediately and validate the claim. If the claim is false, we will put the module back up. If the claim is true, we obtain permission before putting the module back online or we don't put it back. This is an important part of our stewardship.

If or when CrossWire has problems with distribution, we'll tackle the problem at that time. Probably with a "Content Delivery Network" of CrossWire owned servers.

This or some variation of this probably should be in the wiki.

In His Service,

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