Last edited by bobvenem; 03-30-2009 at 08:52 AM.
"I've also found an archive of John Wyclif's Bible in Middle English spelling and standard text format, though that will require a bit more work."
Oh, that would be very nice! I would greatly desire to have a BW text to go with my print facsimile of a Wycliffe/Purvey NT. If you manage this inspired task, I would be grateful indeed!
If they have a particular electronic format, or have made significant changes to the text itself, then I suppose they could make the case for a copyright, but unless I miss my guess -- and as I said, I'm no expert -- a text that old that's in the public domain would, I suspect, be very, very hard to enforce a copyright on.
Dale A. Brueggemann
כִּי עֶזְרָא הֵכִין לְבָבוֹ לִדְרוֹשׁ אֶת־תּוֹרַת יְהוָה וְלַעֲשֹׂת וּלְלַמֵּד בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל חֹק וּמִשְׁפָּט (Ezra 7:10)
Some expert in this area can correct me if I'm wrong, but I'll need to see specific law to be convinced.
Finally, I think it's a bit arrogant to try to stake a claim on a Bible version that's been in the public domain for several centuries. If they want to be reimbursed for their efforts, they should ask for contributions, but to stake a claim on a Bible version that's already in the public domain is arrogant to say the least.
Also, if you've taken the time and made the effort to convert the text into BW format, then presumably it is in a different format than that which you originally obtained.
Last edited by Adelphos; 04-02-2007 at 01:58 PM.