@geet no, because it's not software. also, some translations have a non-expired copyright on them.

@guenther translations are just forks of the original software

@geet yes, but even if the original is in the public domain (which wie can assume for the biblical texts due to their age), you still own the copyright of derivatives you make.

@guenther yeah but im talking about the bible, not derivative works

@geet the last s still stands for software, and since the bible is not software, it cannot be free open source software

@guenther in this case the last s stands for scripture

@guenther @geet considering templeos exists, the bible is definitely software.

@guenther @geet
Copyright duration is usually described in terms of "life of the author," so whether the original text, such as it is, would be public domain should be an interesting legal question, to say the least. Not that I'd be too concerned about getting a C&D from the Almighty. Last I heard, he had a "falling out" with the head of his legal team...

@geet tagging @vorletzter who is probably more of an expert on this subject

@guenther @geet

Thing is, there is no such thing as "the bible" theological speaking.
There are several canons and collections of text. Look up "historical critical exegesis" for more.

And than there are Translations. Most of them have a copyright on them. Some are free, because of expired copyright (e.g. old King James or Old Luther Translations)

There are some true FLOSS-Translations, e.g. "offene-bibel.de/" (german) or the "Lol Cats Bible Translation Project" :)

@geet This thread went just about how I'd expect it to go #OnHere but I'm still a little bit in awe

@geet well there are free versions but it's not open source as some texts have been removed from the original canon.

@geet this thread should be used in Mastodon Advertising™️

@geet ya i think i'm gonna start my own fork

@geet I would think I'd be one of the few people to actually be actively concerned with this question, but the replies to this are wild. 😛

There are translations that aren't bound by intellectual property requirements, meaning they are effectively FOSS. 😛

People have started multiple translations with ease of distribution as explicit goals, many of which have forks in the same way FOSS projects do 😛

@geet WEB, NET, and OEB (which is still work in progress) are all translations like that 😊

@geet all books are #foss because you can fork them by hollowing them out and hiding things in them

@geet depends on if you're orthodox, protestant or catholic, no?

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