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Re: Bug#447712: Package could be non-free in the United Kingdom


On 23 Oct 2007, at 11:52, Enrico Zini wrote:

On Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 11:16:13AM +0100, Enrico Zini wrote:

Since I'm not at all familiar with the legacy of copyright laws around
the British Royal Family, I'm setting the severity to normal, using
'could' in the subject and Cc-ing debian-devel. But I thought the issue
was worth raising.

[it may be worth noting that I am "upstream" for this package, as well as Debian maintainer]

The Authorized Version of the Bible isn't covered by Copyright in the conventional sense. The Queen's Printer (currently Cambridge University Press) has an exclusive commercial right to print the AV (and the BCP, but that's not relevant here) in England; the University Presses of Cambridge and Oxford University separately have the privilege to print the Bible[1]; Collins are probably not meant to print and sell Bibles in England, but no action has been taken against them. It's not at all clear whether electronic copies are covered.


[1] http://www.btinternet.com/~akme/75cass1b.html
Matthew Vernon MA VetMB LGSM MRCVS
Farm Animal Epidemiology and Informatics Unit
Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge

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