[sword-devel] Wordproject®

rj_qgsous_sword rj_qgsous_sword at objectmail.com
Thu Apr 10 08:44:59 MST 2014

In 2 recent messages, David Haslam said:

> Message-ID: <1397067238654-4653854.post at n4.nabble.com>
> There are a number of Bible translations listed here that we've not come
> across before.
> http://www.wordproject.org/
> It would be useful to research which of those not already listed on our wiki
> page
> http://crosswire.org/wiki/Module_Requests
> might be worth approaching for distribution permissions.
> Message-ID: <1397119898759-4653860.post at n4.nabble.com>
> Maybe the mess is more than a technical shortfall.
> I now think we need to check whether that have a plausible policy as regards
> copyright statements and permissions.
> I see that they also have the Somali KQA translation.
> I could ask my contacts at SIM whether Wordproject ever requested
> permissions from them.
> Observing that it's based in Macao, I'm beginning to wonder if they even pay
> lip-service to the Berne Convention.
> I'm fairly busy, and won't mind if someone else finds evidence before I do..

>From what's on their Copyrights page (http://www.wordproject.org/contact/new/copyrights.htm, extracted from below), it would seem that concern over this is warranted.

- Russell

Wordproject is a global outreach that uses the Internet as a
      means to fulfill the great comission of Jesus Christ laid in the
      Holy Bible, New Testament, Mark
        16:15 - "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to
      every creature".

We publish the Holy Bible in good faith claiming the right of
      fair use for non-profit purposes and public benefit. Most, if not
      all, of the versions of the Bible in our site are on the Public Domain but, in case of any
      discrepancies, we state the following: 

We acknowledge that the author
        of the Bible is God - His rights are forever protected. The
      translations [of most versions found on this site] have been done
      many years ago, therefore in most cases no longer covered by
      copyrights. In most countries copyrights last for a limited time.
      In any case, with all due respect, Bible translations should never
      be copyrighted as that contravenes the desired of the Author - ["Freely
          ye have receive, freely give"; " He that
        spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how
        shall he not with him also freely give us all things". ]. 

As for the audio narrations, several have been done or sponsored
      by Wordproject. We claim and grant the right to use narrations of
      the Bible on good and fair use for non-profit purposes, and we
      assume the narrators have done the work also in fulfilment of the
        commission to preach the Gospel to every creature, therefore
      are happy to see their work being used for that purpose. A
      narrator that narrates the Holy Bible for any other purpose but
      the one commissioned by the Author Himself, as clearly stipulated
      in the works [The Holy Bible], could be found  transgressing on
      the rights of the Author of the works [God Himself].. 

As translators and narrators ourselves, we have
        never been given any rights over the materials we translated or
        narrated, and we could never have claimed them. The Holy
      Bible, the aim thereof is to be copied and multiplied many times
      over to satisfy the needs of the people for God's Word, should be
      free of copyrights and its integrity and free distribution [non
      commercialization by any means] protected by all Christians,
      Churches and Bible Societies.

The above summarizes our stand concerning the translation, and
      narration of the Holy Bible in any language, respecting always the
      opinions of others and the law, which varies from country to
      country, therefore making it impossible to conform through this
      globalized means.
'The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that
      published it'. [Psalms

'Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that
      hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk
      without money and without price.' [Isaiah

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