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JW Apps found for downloading on my phone
« on: December 31, 2010, 05:58:13 AM »
I came across two apps the other day available for my phone, one was a KH locator and the other was a NWT bible verse lookup.  I don't have a NWT handy, but I thought it was copyrighted material and therefore shouldn't be reproduced without permission.  Can anybody clarify that for me?  If it is I'm going to post a message on the comments sections pointing that out.
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Re: JW Apps found for downloading on my phone
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2010, 06:03:27 AM »
As I recall, the only way a bible could be copyrighted is if the translation is a creative work that is substantially different from the original.   :th_NewPicture15:  But don't hold me to that.

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Re: JW Apps found for downloading on my phone
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2011, 03:47:01 AM »
By Doe's definition, the NWT is probably copyrighted.
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Re: JW Apps found for downloading on my phone
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2011, 06:16:08 AM »
LOL not only by JD's definition, but I dug out an old bible and just as I suspected, it is Copyrighted material.  I think I'll post a comment on the apps page  :th_innocent2_smilie:
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Re: JW Apps found for downloading on my phone
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2011, 06:53:46 AM »
LOL not only by JD's definition, but I dug out an old bible and just as I suspected, it is Copyrighted material.  I think I'll post a comment on the apps page  :th_innocent2_smilie:

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Re: JW Apps found for downloading on my phone
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2011, 07:07:04 AM »
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the only way a bible could be copyrighted is if the translation is a creative work that is substantially different from the original.

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I dug out an old bible and just as I suspected, it is Copyrighted material.

LOL!! That is priceless ROFLMAO
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2011, 07:08:36 AM »
Well, I may very well be wrong on that, as I suspect translations are a special subset of copyright law. 

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Re: JW Apps found for downloading on my phone
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2011, 07:14:38 AM »
I just checked my copy of the King James version, and it has no copyright notice.

I've no idea what the copyright laws are in respect to Bible translations.
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Re: JW Apps found for downloading on my phone
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2011, 07:14:47 AM »
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Re: JW Apps found for downloading on my phone
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2011, 07:19:39 AM »
I just checked my copy of the King James version, and it has no copyright notice.

I've no idea what the copyright laws are in respect to Bible translations.
Well, the bible itself obviously can't be copyrighted, as it's been around for ages.  The king james version is very old, and a copyright term for most things in the US is the life of the author plus 70 years.  So, you simply take the author's death date, add 70 years, and the work will not be protected after that date.

However, a translation is a fair amount of work and involves both incorporating the original work and adding substantial modifications.  In this respect, a translation's "author" is not one person, but a group of people.

We should also note that anyone can claim copyright on anything they write  Whether that holds up in court is another matter. 

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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2011, 09:49:08 PM »
Everything Puppy types here is copyrighted ;)
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Re: JW Apps found for downloading on my phone
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2011, 10:11:08 PM »
Dun, dun, DUN!  :wolf6:
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