Placing a value on God’s word

urlSurfing the internet this evening which is resplendent with Lenten matter when I came across Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury’s, page and an entry entitled;

Listen To God: Hear the Poor | Cardinal Vincent Nichols on John 13 

It went on to describe the embedded video, the day’s prayer and Bible reading, being; “On the first day of Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols’s week of prayer for the church’s work serving the poor, watch Cardinal Nichols reflecting on today’s prayer (Psalm 72) and Bible reading (John 13:2b-5, 12-15)”

All good so far and an opportunity to hear  Cardinal Nichols’ reflection on God’s self-revelation contained within Scripture and Gospel. What really caught me eye was what lay at the bottom of the page…

Copyright notice:

Grail Psalter Psalms are taken from The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins.

Readings from the New Jerusalem Bible are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1985 by Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd and Les Editions du Cerf, and used by permission of the publishers.

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000) (including the Psalter as published with Common Worship), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000

NRSV readings are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches in the USA. Used by permission. All Rights Reserved

I obviously slept through the commercialisation of the Word, which then led me to wonder if my disseminating the Word to others in order to expound the virtues of hearing the poor would breach said copyright. My line of thought then proceeded to pondering whether, given said copyright, I should be dropping a shilling in the Archbishops’ Council box to facilitate the poor’s receipt of the Word. Of most concern, however, was that according to Australian copyright laws  “a work is in copyright from the moment it is written down or recorded until 70 years after the death of the creator.” And then there is that bit about published editions being copyright for 25 years after the date of publication which means a recent publication of a work may be protected  even though the work it contains is out of copyright. So if the copyright is held by a hand full of blokes. a couple of publishing companies, and the CofE…perhaps Nietzsche was right after all.

 

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