Re: KJV Bible - Crown Copyright in UK [was: Bug#338077: ITP: sword-text-kvj -- King James Version with Strongs Numbers and Morphology]
> And your argument is flawed. God himself didn't directly author any
> part of the Bible at all. ;-) According to Christian doctrine, God
> *inspired* various people to write the *entire Bible*. According to
> Jewish doctrine, the same holds true for the Torah.
> The KJV of the Bible was originally released in 1611 under the
> auspices of King James I (1566-1625, king 1603-1625). While
> purported to be a more or less direct translation, a strong case can
> be made that the KJV is more "inspired by" the original texts and that
> it is, indeed, a derived work. ;-) However, the material from which
> it is derived is not covered by any kind of copyright or license at
> all, thus the KJV cannot be "licensed" under the same terms as the
> "original texts from which it was drawn."
I would assume that the originals were public domain.
According to the wikipedia article which we all now distrust, all
printing is controlled by cambridge university in England and other
institutions in the other parts of the UK. Could someone find out more
about them and see if they could be contacted?