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The issue with copyright translations. One translation that was produced with the specific intention of avoiding copyright entanglements is the World English Bible. It is modernization of the American Standard Version (ASV) placed into the public domain. A paragraph from the site's FAQ is worth quoting: The copyright laws of most nations and the ...


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In the United States, Copyright law has two basic categories - protected works and public domain. When a work has been around long enough (currently 95 years after the first publication or 70 years after the author's death) it enters the public domain, and is therefore allowed to be reproduced at will. According to the "Copyright Act", any work published ...


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The idea that a law can be 'unjust but not immoral' is entirely foreign to Christianity. Anyone who has read significantly in the Old Testament prophets (see here) realizes that injustice is something that God condemns very strongly, and the people of Israel are frequently admonished for failing to deliver justice (Isaiah 10:2, Ezekiel 22:29, Amos 2:7 and ...


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Of the non-public domain translations, the NET Bible has the most liberal licence for copying passages - you can read its licence. You can copy, but not alter or distribute commercially. If you wish to have complete freedom to act without legal restriction then you need a public domain translation. There are a number of translations which are out of ...


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I have compiled a database of known public domain Bible translations. My compilation includes the following: Versions available: American Standard-ASV1901 (ASV) Bible in Basic English (BBE) Darby English Bible (DARBY) King James Version (KJV) Webster's Bible (WBT) World English Bible (WEB) Young's Literal Translation (YLT) This database is available ...


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My understanding is that the passage quoted does not forbid all oaths in general, but in specific was addressing the practice of the Scribes and Pharisees, who were invoking the name of God, or heaven in their oaths, and breaking them. I don't see myself where the Scribes or Pharisees are mentioned specifically. I'd have to study it out further, but I do ...


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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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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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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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Subsidiarity requires that needs be addressed at the lowest, most local possible level. But, the principle lives in conflict, in a manner, with solidarity, which demands that our concern lie with all people and the common good of all. Hence, while subsidiarity insists that matters are best handled by those closest to the people involved, solidarity insists ...


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There's no clear-cut, doctrinal, or official Roman Catholic stance on HIPAA. In general, Catholic organizations willingly comply with HIPAA. To that point, a quick search shows a lot of Catholic organizations describing their members' rights under HIPAA. More notably, if there were a doctrinal issue with a national policy like HIPAA on any grounds, that of ...


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According to a statement made by The Catholic Medical Association in November of 2000, gay conversion therapy is considered a corporeal work of mercy. This statement clearly points out that Catholic therapists are obligated to encourage chastity in all situations. The Church has always taught (and will always teach) that chaste behavior is required for ...


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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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No. Christians who live under the authority of a government that outlaws Christianity would not be resisting God by refusing to abandon their faith. One might imagine that the right thing to do is to obey such laws, perhaps crossing the border to go to church. This is not the case. Authority exercised against the common good is authority that has broken down ...


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The question rests on a premis that is anti-thetical to Christianity. Namely, that Christianity is chiefly concerned with the actions of the individual, rather than his relationship with God. It is akin to asking whether all Germans must eat sauerkraut or if all French women must be thin. There may be a correlation, but there is nothing in the essence of ...


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This is a complex subject because the Bible has various angles with 'punishment' so I will only summarize some various heads of them with some limited sample references.  First Christians, in a sense, are never to personally 'desire the punishment' of others. This is viewed as the sinful desire of revenge in that sense. But I tell you that anyone who is ...


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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King (a Christian pastor) had to face just this sort of quandry - what do with an unjust law. In the question posed above, the unjust law would be to not worship God. In the case of the Civil Rights Era, it was to comply with laws that explicit deviated from what God told the prophets. In what in this situation that he wrote ...


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You should also look at the Open English Bible here: http://openenglishbible.org/ The Open English Bible project aims to create the first modern English translation of the Bible which is completely free of copyright restrictions and available without cost for any purpose. The OEB has no restrictions on what its readers and users can do with it (for both ...


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The Church has always upheld the State's right to protect its citizens, so my take on it is yes, life sentences are in accord as long as that is truly what is required to protect the people. Each specific case has to be considered individually, of course. [Edit] I've done some research in an attempt to find sources. Here is an interesting one: Catholic ...


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The book Acts tells about the disciples spreading the Gospel often in the face of opposition from various groups including government bodies. In chapter 4 of that book, Peter and John are brought before the Council and forbidden from spreading word of Jesus. Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were ...


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This response considers a few different questions, each of which is a variation of your original. (1) Does the bible teach that the church should punish people who break the laws of the government of the country in which they live? AFAIK, no; that's up to the government. However, Christians are to obey what are called "the laws of men" when they do not ...


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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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Like you said yourself, the fact of the matter is if the law is just unjust but not immoral. The Bible and Christianity rarely touches on this subject. I believe that it is up to the person, but as a good Christian you are, or by at least my definition, and way of life required to be good and just. However, if it is against the law you should do what is in ...



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