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Posted by pete at Nov 27, 2014 5:58:49 AM
Public display in church
Could someone tell me what the LEGAL position is with Bibletime and Xiphos regarding the
displaying of Bibles , Commentaries and Woodcuts via a projector onto a screen? ; it would
be non- commercial .

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by karl at Dec 21, 2014 1:23:53 PM
Re: Public display in church
IANAL, but no one else has answered this yet.

The software is open to any use, so Xiphos and BibleTime are fine when used in church, and we know of churches doing so routinely. I teach using Xiphos, for example.

The issue is the content, and the problem there is that individual modules come with copyright claims and publishers' requirements for "permission to quote."

So for example ESV says in its module configuration:

"The ESV text may be quoted (in written, visual, or electronic form) up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, providing that the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for 50 percent or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted."

So my take on this is that routine use of ESV for teaching purposes is fine, because it won't comprise 50% of what the pastor/teacher/whomever has to say. But be aware that you'll have to check the specific copyright observations for each module you use. Most of our modules have what amounts to open permission, especially when they come from public domain resources, but there are exceptions.
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