Gentle (though firm) wisdom on Bible copyright issues
Peter Kirk has put up two fine well thought out and researched posts on the issue of copyrighting Scripture:
In the first he deals primarily with the issues around Zhubert's Re:Greek. In the process providing much (though speculative) light on the murky world of commercial Bible publication. The second homes in on copyright applied to the Bible and translations of the Bible.
These are both fine works. I suggest you all read them, and I suggest they both get listed in the next Biblical Studies Carnival.
After all the discussion of copyright and of the practicalities of funding Bible Sosiety work has settled there are practical issues left open.
- What is the legal status of MorphGNT?
- If it is street legal then other projects can use it.
- If not, then "we" need an open source project to produce a good legal morph analysed Greet text
- Can something be done to produce an equivalent for the Hebrew Bible? (Here as Peter points out there are no legal complications with eclectic texts MorphMT could be simply based on The Westminster Leningrad Codex (see its licence document).
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