Who Holds the Copyright?
“Scripture quotations from The Authorized (King James) Version. Rights in the Authorized Version in the United Kingdom are vested in the Crown. Reproduced by permission of the Crown’s patentee, Cambridge University Press.”
The final details of publishing require decisions. ISBN, (maybe next time?) disclaimer, (yes, this work is a figment of my imagination, now yours too…or…any resemblance to any person is unintended, but, hey, if the shoe fits…) copyright, (if you find anything worth quoting, I’d like to know what it is), permission to quote scripture.
Wait. What? Permission is required to use the Bible passages in the manuscript? Permission to quote Scripture? Only God holds that copyright. All creative rights belong to Him, the author. Who would dare claim a copyright on what He has given to us, for us? He freely gives us the permission and the command to speak, sing, hear, treasure and write His Word.
“And these word, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thous liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” Deut. 6:6-9
God used stone tablets, river rocks, house posts, scrolls, and parchment, on which to pen His Word. He has used the labor of man’s hand, the press, the typewriter and now the computer to spread that mighty Word. He has imprinted it on my heart. The Crown may claim the patent of the translation for which permission is required. No man may, or can, restrict the free gift of God’s living, vibrant, saving Word, Christ and Him crucified.
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