2994Re: [lxx] Public Domain Accented Septuagint Text
- Aug 1, 2008Thank you very much for your valuable posts.
Probably, it can be generally accepted, that all printed texts and manuscripts
written before 1923 are in the public domain. Indeed we are speaking about
very ancient texts. But I see that there is also a Copyright over the digital
products, although they are produced from public domain sources. (When I make
a photograph of a tree, that shot is my property, and the usage of the shot
depends on my will. The same is with the texts, specially when it comes to
inputing/transcribing the texts by the keyboard to digital form, which may
take many years of hard working.)
When I place some texts on my website, it is easy to remove them if someone
asks this. But if I have worked for 15 years making corrections to the text,
such situation will trouble my life and work. This is the main point of my
posts about the Public Domain versions. In these cases the copyrighted bible
texts are unusable for many of us.
1. Public Domain = No copyright.
(Once the term of a copyright has expired, the formerly copyrighted work
enters the public domain and may be freely used or exploited by anyone. The
term indicates that these materials are therefore "public property", and
available for anyone to use for any purpose.)
2. All known web texts (Septuagint) cannot be freely corrected, modified and
3. All available digital texts are copyrighted, except Hancock's, but this
cannot be verified.
4. All are using Rahlfs. There is no other text. Even the LXX text used by the
Church of Greece is Alfred Rahlfs Septuaginta.
5. Maybe even the copyright of the original text of Rahlfs is doubtful.
6. The CCAT/CATSS text is not Public Domain, and maybe not permitted for
distribution. And the meaning of "private" to this publicly used text is
questionable? Complicated situation.
7. The http://www.tyndalehouse.co.uk/Fonts/index.htm text is Hancock's.
7. The transcription of all the texts of the bible by the keyboard is very
difficult work, which takes about 15-25 years. (Transcribing and
9. If I want to publish one very old manuscript called the "ORIGINAL" :), then
I need to use, modify and publish some non copyrighted text. The copyrighted
is unusable in this case.
10. It's impossible to OCR (Optical Character Recognition) classical Greek
11. God bless you :)
I will be thankful for your corrections and clarifications.
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