[sword-devel] ISV status?

jhphx jhphx at cox.net
Sun Jan 6 11:27:31 MST 2013

On 1/6/2013 1:54 AM, Andrew Thule wrote:
> I'm currently reviewing its contents to ensure no module exclusive to 
> Crosswire was available.  I will be putting it back up on completion 
> of my review.
> ...

I am not sure how you think being exclusive to Crosswire works in this 
context, but,

    a) none of those other sources have legitimate (licensed) copies of 
a copyrighted text or it's derivatives,
    b) none of those sources provided you with a legitimate license to 
do whatever you do,
    c) it simply appears like you are violating anyone's copyrights,
    It won't matter to CrossWire how many other sources there are, you 
would appear to be, and in fact could be, a threat to CrossWire's 
ability to distribute if it appears that CrossWire is condoning what you 
do. It does not matter how the other sources see it, or how you see it, 
it matters how it seems to CrossWire and how it may seem to the 
publishers they work with.

Andrew, you appear to want to help. There are many things someone like 
you could do, but maybe working on copyrighted modules and distribution 
of them is not the right task for now. There remains many other things 
needing to be done.

If you still feel the need to work on a copyrighted text for CrossWire 
then I suggest you ask yourself three things:
a) could this work produce a copy, new copy, new version, or derivative 
of the text,
b) could this work result in exposing, intentionally or not, a copy so 
that wild (any unlicensed) distribution could result,
c) could this work possibly offend CrossWire or the publishers they work 

If the answer to any of those is yes then ask if you should work on it 
and exactly how you should do it to avoid these problems. Although, at 
this time "just ask" may be the best policy.

Just a suggestion, I am not an official voice on these matters.


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