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Copyrighted Bible Translations

John on March 3, 2008 at 9:21 am

David at Beloved Spear recently noticed something interesting (he does that a lot). While searching the UVA online library he discovered this notice:

The Bible, Revised Standard VersionWe regret that we are unable to host the Revised Standard Version of the Bible on our website any longer. We were recently contacted by the National Council of Churches of Christ (, who own the copyright for the Revised Standard Version of the Bible in the USA. They have asked us to remove the text from our website, and we have complied with their request. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

David sums up the problem:

So here we have a “church” organization that is, in the name of copyright law, forcing an academic institution to remove a two-generation-old translation of the Bible from public access. Sweet Lord Jesus, that was the Bible my grandfather used in his ministry. Because we wouldn’t want people to have readable bibles freely available, now, would we?

Like David, I’m generally sympathetic to copyright holders but in this case… I think when the scripture becomes a cash cow for an organization like NCCC, we might have a problem.

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