Copyright Information:

How to Write a Support Letter

     If you are planning to help out by sending a letter of support to these companies, you can find the contact information here, and below are some guidelines to follow in corresponding (remember you do not need to write your own letter, there are form letters available here that you can use.)

Guidelines to Follow in Corresponding with the Copyright Holders:

  • Be friendly (remember you are a Christian, act like one)
  • Explain you use BibleTime, GnomeSword, or the Windows SWORD Program. These programs use SWORD modules. Tell them you wish to be able to use their work with that program. Emphasis that each of these projects are free software (Open Source), non-commercial and receive NO payment whatsoever.
  • Explain you would like to see them support The SWORD Project by either granting The SWORD Project the right to freely distribute their work or setup up a way to pay a small fee to be able to use their work. Make sure you indicate you would be willing to pay the small fee to be able to use their work.
  • Indicate you would be willing to answer any questions they have. If they contact you and you are unable to answer one of their questions, forward it to me ( and I will find an answer for you.
  • If you have sent a letter to a company or organization, e-mail me and let me know what you are doing, especially if you receive a reply from a company that I need to be aware of! I want to hear what people are doing to help and know that people are sending out letters.

Form Letters:

     Here are some form letters you can print and use. Hey if you come up with a really good letter that you sent to a company, would you mind sharing with everyone else?! :) We can turn your letter into a form letter that others can use.

Basic Form Letter:

  • For users of BibleTime, [here]
  • For users of GnomeSword, [here]
  • For users of The SWORD Windows Program, [here]
The form letters are saved in a plain text file. To use these form letters, download the text file by right clicking the link above and choosing "save target as" or "save link as" depending on browser. Then you must edit them by replacing everything in square brackets "[ ]", with the right information.

     Thank you so much for your willingness to help!