Copyright saved the Book of Mormon

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  • Carlos Salazar Ellicott City, MD
    Dec. 23, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    Curiously enough, a few years back another church wanted to update the KJV of the bible to more modern language without changing the meaning and basically replaced the pronouns thee, thy, thou with their modern counterparts. The courts ruled that such substitutions weren't worthy of copyright protection. They ended up making more drastic changes (and altering the meaning, counter to their original intentions) in order to satisfy the transformational demands of copyright law. The original versions of the Book of Mormon are long out of copyright as are the KJV of the bible.

  • IndependentLiberal Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 23, 2010 11:16 a.m.

    While some of the newer Translations NIV, NKJV, NASB, ESV, Message, all are copyright protected, the KJV of the Bible is Public Domain in the US. Most put their versions out for free public use such as on BibleGateway and others, you would be in trouble if you published these translations and tried to sell them.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Dec. 23, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    So who has the copyright on the Bible?

  • Carlos Salazar Ellicott City, MD
    Dec. 22, 2010 9:26 p.m.

    The copyright for the Book of Mormon was violated in the mid 1800s in the United States. I found a copy of the Book of Mormon with an apologetic entry explaining that it was OK for them to violate the copyright because the book wasn't generally available (a lie of course). They also had an interesting intro and description of the church and coming forth of the Book of Mormon. The book can still be found in the Eisenhower Library on the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins University.