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Re: KJV Bible - Crown Copyright in UK [was: Bug#338077: ITP: sword-text-kvj -- King James Version with Strongs Numbers and Morphology]

Does the crown copyright on the KJV affect other Commonwealth
countries e.g. Australia? Down here we have a Crown copyright law and
that covers *some* government material, including electoral
information, the NSW Higher School Certificate and a lot of other
things. Would British Crown Copyright documents apply as well?


On 11/9/05, W. Borgert <debacle@debian.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 08, 2005 at 07:23:28PM +0100, Lionel Elie Mamane wrote:
> > On Tue, Nov 08, 2005 at 06:03:45PM +0000, W. Borgert wrote:
> > > According to Christian belief, the bible is the "word of God".
> > > According to Nietzsche (in 1882), "God is dead".  So the author of
> > > the bible is dead since at least 120 years.  How can the copyright
> > > still hold?
> >
> > Your argument is flawed: G-od is the direct author of the *original*
> > version of *part* the Bible, namely the Pentateuch. The KJV is a
> > derivative work made in the early 1600s.
> So the authors of the derivative work are certainly also pushing
> the daisies.
> > More seriously, the copyright still holds because of a special clause
> > for it in UK's 1998 Copyright Act (and all earlier copyright acts):
> > The Crown has (in the UK) a permanent copyright on it that will never
> > expire. (But Parliament can obviously pass new legislation that
> > abrogates it.)
> Many thanks for the clarification.  Interesting, that this does
> not seem to be in conflict with the various international trade
> agreements...
> However, I'm sure, someone will either find or create an
> "annotated" variant for which an exceptions seems to exist.
> Cheers, WB
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