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The length is the length of what you quote in a single document. So yes, a new sermon resets the counter. However, if you then publish all your sermons together in a single book, that single book becomes the reference document and can only contain 500 verses in toto (and of course, the rules on selling the text then come into play). The terms are quite ...


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Copyright laws are written to protect the author (or translator, artist, etc, but I'll stick to authors for my discussion). Without copyright laws, it would be easy for a very skillful author to write a wonderful book, but for some wealthy publisher to come along and take their book and publish it for their own profit. The author then goes un-recognized ...


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This issue is really just a sub-set of a much larger issue. See my answer on Are Christians bound to the laws of their country? for a defense of why Christians are bound to follow the laws of their countries whether or not they agree or disagree with them. Whether or not some of the items you list would or would not fall under a biblical definition of ...


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It's a very good question, and not one which is easy to answer. But we are all called to make use of our talents, which I think may vary from gifts. Information is not necessarily subject to copyright - only literary / dramatic / musical works, films, broadcasts and sound recordings - basically, works where the author/creator has expended skill and effort to ...


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Ok, so far most answers are in terms of whether Christians/artists should work with copyrights. They give arguments like the musician, songwriter, etc. should get money in order to do what they do. But in all this, there is one important thing missing: motivation; what motivates the musician to write music - what motivated the people to write the Bible. If ...


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So, I want to make two additional distinctions, the first is what establishment of copyright law means: Option 1: Literal establishment of copyright - An author can still agree with each and every of his sellers on limitations how they can distribute a book. Option 2: Forceful publication in public domain - It becomes illegal/impossible to limit ...


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It's an invalid legal argument and would fail if tested. Copyright subsists in the arrangement of the words themselves within the literary work. The licence to copy is separate from the literary work. Quite apart from copyright law, Dt 17:18 needs to read in context. 17 14 "When you come to the land which the LORD your God gives you, and you possess it ...


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Note: I am not a lawyer. This is all uneducated opinion and reasoning. It's difficult to imagine that any of these companies would press charges (or even accuse you of wrongdoing) for simply using the Bible, since what you're doing is the very thing it was translated for. It seems like they're trying to protect their assets from being republished without ...


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Yes, it will. Quote away, without fear of being attacked for not footnoting what you are quoting. In the Wikipedia article on the KJV, you'll find the following: "The Authorized Version [i.e., the KJV] is in the public domain in most of the world." In your memoirs, just make sure your quotation corresponds to the correct chapter and verse. A personal ...


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Copyright is ultimately a protection over ownership. Those who choose to copyright their work are saying "I want ownership over my work, I don't want anyone else to take credit for what I do". But as Christians, we are held to a higher standard (Acts 2:44). What does taking credit of our work show? I think we need to examine our hearts here. Ultimately, ...


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The Bible mentions nothing about copyright because it didn't yet exist. At a time when most people were illiterate, the concept of protecting ideas was absurd. That means to answer this question we have to find verses and try to make them apply, which gets dangerous. I will make my case for my beliefs, but to say "the Bible supports copyrights" or "the Bible ...


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Rightly or wrongly, copyright is something that someone owns. To breach that copyright is essentially to steal from them, and I'm sure you know what the Bible has to say about stealing. In terms of something more specific about copyright itself, you could look at passages like Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-31. Copyright is usually applied to ...



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