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Can you copyright the Bible? I never thought so. But it seems you can!
The Holy Bible is actually a library of books, written by about 40 great people over the span of some 1500 years. And it was written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek …with no copyright tags attached. But the English or other language Bibles we use today are “translations” of the original work. And as such, the “translation” can be copyrighted. And where there are copyrights, there are always complications. For instance one copyright statement says “Permission may not be granted to post or podcast the complete Bible”. Really!?! It’s ok to translate the entire original work which was meant to be shared with the whole world in the first place, but its not ok for others to share it?
Now, website and software owners have the power to easily distribute the Bible to the whole world. But seeing how the actual content could be someone’s “copyright” makes you think twice and have to dig deeper to make sure you are not stepping over someones toes while trying to do a good deed.
Luckily there are some good translations which are copyright-free. God bless them for keeping it so!
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