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    JeffW, JoesGarage

    I believe, is the only religion that enforces a copyright in its "scriptures."  Yes, translations of the Bible are still under copyright (though many of them are not, or the copyright is not enforced).

    •  Some translations are under copyright... (2+ / 0-)
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      JesseCW, Miggles

      ...but to the person on the ground those copyrights usually only extend to a style guide for publishing verses/chapters; IIRC, Zondervan, owners of the copyright for the New International Version (very popular among evangelicals), ask that you put (NIV) after any verse reference.  I'd imagine that if I tried to publish an NIV Bible without Zondervan's permission they'd come down on me, but I could translate my own version and publish it to my heart's content.

      Neither Zondervan nor any other Bible publisher would never dream of telling anyone that certain verses, chapters, or books were off-limits entirely to the general public.

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      by mistersite on Fri May 29, 2009 at 11:07:14 AM PDT

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    •  Scientology is similar to a Occult Order (0+ / 0-)

      with it's "Outer Order" and "Inner Order" Each has "Secret Teachings" that are revealed as one progresses.

      Both will tell the Outer Order that if they see material they are not ready for, they will suffer something "catastrophic".

      Co$ uses without permission, the Rosae Crucis of Thelema, along with another Sigil - the Triple Interlocked triangles -Hubbard after all, was a member of the OTO with Jack Parsons until Parson untimely, yet 'accidental' death in a basement explosion while Hubbard and Parsons wife were not at home

      Scientology borrowed (and poorly that) the Motto of Thelema: The Method of Science, The Aim of Religion

      The difference lies in the Method of Progression from one Level to another.
      An Occult Order, one is tested on ones Knowledge
      Scientology, it's how much you can afford to pay them.
      Crowley knew Hubbard for a Fraud.

      "My case is alter'd, I must work for my living." Moll Cut-Purse, The Roaring Girl - 1612, England's First Actress

      by theRoaringGirl on Fri May 29, 2009 at 11:39:52 AM PDT

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    •  Most scriptures are too old (0+ / 0-)

      to remain under any copyright. Anything pre-1923 is public domain.

      Practicing Law without a License is my 3d favorite Crime.

      by ben masel on Fri May 29, 2009 at 11:51:05 AM PDT

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      •  The scriptures themselves are indeed PD... (2+ / 0-)
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        ben masel, Catte Nappe

        ...but the translations can be, and are, copyrighted - and rightly so, in my opinion.  As long as they're liberal in allowing people to use those translations - and I haven't heard of a publishing company that isn't - they should be able to profit from the work they put into a new translation of the literature, just as a translator of Plato or Aristotle should.

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        by mistersite on Fri May 29, 2009 at 12:02:40 PM PDT

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