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Posting Other's Modules and Copyright

By DoctorDaveT, 30 October 2011 · 662 views

Bible Support has become "the" central location for eSword modules on the web. As a result, "module robot" (Danger, Will Robinson!) and several well-intentioned users have downloaded modules from other sites, and loaded them up here.

Caution should be exercised in doing so; and so should some research. Why? Copyright.

Most of the OMLB modules built and posted at www.DoctorDaveT.com are public domain. They may legally be posted elsewhere and anywhere on the web. However, OMLB has also built several modules that are under copyright. These modules may only be posted at www.DoctorDaveT.com. Those who believe they contribute to the universal library of knowledge (as we do - that's why we built them) should contact the original copyright holder and seek their permission to post them elsewhere. Posting any copyrighted work without permission is piracy.

Every module built and posted by OMLB contains a copyright statement. Every module that is "copyright but distributed with permission" is clearly marked as such on my site, and the module itself contains the same information (always as it's own chapter - "00.x... - Copyright Information"). David Cox also makes similar statements about his modules on his site - and in his modules.

Those who don't understand what copyright is should not post modules anywhere on the web.

Those who post other people's modules should ask before they do so. Piracy is a crime; and Christians should do all that they can, not only to obey the law (Rom 13), but to abstain from every appearance of evil (1Th 5).




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