Bible Licensing: The Realist
The Blog of Nathan D. Smith

As time goes by, licensing terms on Bible translations seem to be getting less restrictive in general. I am making a hopeful prediction that we'll see a new major translation or revision released under a Creative Commons license before too long.

When it comes to choosing a license, I have an ideal choice which I would hope copyright holders would choose. However, I am not sure that the industry would be idealistically prepared for my choice. So I'll explain my thinking behind the motivating factors for Bible Society X before revealing my guess for the realistic Creative Commons license used for Bible Translation Y.

Given these factors, I think it is most like that we'll see Bible Translation Y licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license. I would celebrate such a move nonetheless. A current Bible translation would be freed up for various uses by the church, and the copyright holders could still expect financial recompense for the money spent in producing the translation. Perhaps tomorrow I'll share my ideal. For those of you who are familiar with Creative Commons licenses, it should come as no surprise.

Date: 2011-01-31 22:24