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Subject: Getting copyright
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: paula122-ga
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Posted: 10 Nov 2006 02:57 PST
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Question ID: 781602
If I was using Bible scripture on personal items and gifting or selling
them, do I need to get copyright to use it or put a reference to what
Bible it came from?
Subject: Re: Getting copyright
Answered By: hummer-ga on 10 Nov 2006 04:50 PST
Hi paula122,

Yes, it all depends on the version you are using. Ofcourse there is no
copyright on the original Bible but it's the modern translations that
you have to be careful about. For example in the U.S., you are free to
use the King James and American Standard Bibles (no references
required) but in the U.K. the King James version is still under

King James Version
"In most of the world the King James Bible is freely reproduced as if
it were out of copyright. This is not the case in the United Kingdom
"Royal prerogative is not recognized in United States law, and
therefore the KJV is effectively in the public domain in that

American Standard Version
"Copyright status: Copyright expired"

On the following website, you will find links to copyright information
for various Bible translations including permission instructions when

Bible Translations
Standard Translations
    American Standard Version
    New American Standard Bible
    New Living Translation
    Contemporary English Version
    Good News Translation - Second Edition
    King James Version
    New King James Version
    Third Millennium Bible
    Revised Standard Version
    New Revised Standard Version
    Douay-Rheims Bible
    Easy-to-Read Version
Strong's Versions
    KJV with Strong's Numbers
    NAS with Strong's Numbers
Modern Translations
    Rotherham Emphasized Bible
    GOD'S WORD Translation
    World English Bible
    The Bible in Basic English
    The Darby Translation
    Hebrew Names Version
    (World English Bible)
    The Webster Bible
    Young's Literal Translation
Early Translations
    The Geneva Bible (1587)
    Tyndale New Testament (1526)
    The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
    The Latin Vulgate (425)
Old Testament Only
    JPS Old Testament (1917)
New Testament Only
    Holman Christian Standard Bible ©
    International Standard Version
    Weymouth's New Testament

For example, here are the instructions for the ASV, NASV, KJV and NKJV.

The American Standard Bible
"This translation of the Holy Bible is in the public domain, since its
copyright has expired and is the predecessor to the New American
Standard Bible."

New American Standard Bible
Permission To Quote
"The text of the New American Standard Bible(r) may be quoted and/or
reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without
express written permission of The Lockman Foundation, providing the
verses do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses
quoted account for more than 25% of the total work in which they are
Notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page of the
work as follows:
"Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®,
Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995
by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission."
Quotations and/or reprints in excess of the above limitations, or
other permission requests, must be directed to and approved in writing
The Lockman Foundation,
PO Box 2279, La Habra, CA 90631,

The King James Version (Authorized)
"This translation of the Holy Bible is in the Public Domain, except
for in Great Britain, so feel free to copy."

New King James Version
"The text of the New King James Version® (NKJV®) may be quoted or
reprinted without prior written permission with the following
(1) Up to and including 1,000 verses may be quoted in printed form as
long as the verses quoted amount to less than 50% of a complete book
of the Bible and make up less than 50% of the total work in which they
are quoted; (2) all NKJV quotations must conform accurately to the
NKJV text.
Any use of the NKJV text must include a proper acknowledgment as follows:
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by
Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved."

I was glad to find this for you. If you have any questions, please
post a clarification request and wait for me to respond before
closing/rating my answer.

Thank you,

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