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Old Sunday, June 20th, 2004, 03:58 PM
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Bible Copyright Laws

I have been studying Copyright Laws and I came upon this information about The Copyright Laws concerning the Bible. All Modern translations of the Bible have Copyright restriction.
Except the "King James Version". Now I'm not starting an argument about what version you should use, I just thought it was very interesting. I got interested and started looking at the inside cover of several different Bibles that I have and found this Copyright information to be true and printed right there, I just had never read it. The NIV Bible Copyright says that,
"The NIV text may be quoted and/or printed up to and inclusive of one thousand (1000) verses without express written permission of the publisher, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for 50% or more of the total work in which they are quoted.

Notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page of the work as follows:

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 international Bible Society. used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers."

When quotations from the NIV text are used in non-saleable media such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies or simular media, the initials NIV may be used at the end of each quotation.
Quotations and/or reprints in excess of one thousand (1000) verses, or other permission requests must be directed and approved in writtiong by Zondervan Bible publishers".

I found this very interesting I had never considered any of this, it brought up a very interesting discussion in Adult Sunday School class this morning. Everybody was looking in the front of thier Bibles to see what they said some said the same thing only limiting it to 500 verses.
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Old Sunday, June 20th, 2004, 04:07 PM
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Hey, I thought God held the copyrights to the Bible

Just FYI, this is where some the cost of worship software goes. The programmers have to pay a copyright fee for the Bibles they include (except KJV and American Standard).
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Old Sunday, June 20th, 2004, 05:30 PM
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Don - Thanks for the post! For others that are curious, this was addressed in an older thread - Bible - copyright issues

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Old Sunday, June 20th, 2004, 06:02 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Don C.
...All Modern translations of the Bible have Copyright restriction.
Except the "King James Version". ...
Just curious, how is 1611 a modern date ?

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Originally Posted by Tim Eason
Hey, I thought God held the copyrights to the Bible...
He does, but since He published it first, long enough ago that the copyright is expired, He doesn't collect royalties. It's the people who translate it that have copyright.

BTW, what would a person need to use more than 1000 (or even 500) verses for other than copying the text in toto?

Paul
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