Friday, October 13, 2006

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UPDATE October 21:

Hey, everybody, welcome back to Friday the 13th. I got tired of looking at that DBD comic, and put in a new one. Then, without warning, it happened.

I got to thinking...

You know, when certain people spend enough time manipulating the Scriptures to mean whatever the hell they want, it's not hard to imagine others of similar ilk claiming to... well, own them.

When you think about it, though, the copyright holder had to get the raw material of their "property" from someone else, who had to do likewise, and so on down the line, until you reach that special place known as the "public domain." In other words, eventually you reach a body of work that isn't owned by anyone. At least not in the legal sense. So, the next time someone from the bishops' conference tells you they own the rights to the Bible, tell them to take a long walk off a short pier. Between the recent staff cutbacks at their headquarters, and the bishops having to move the annual meeting from DC to Baltimore to cut down the overhead, those pencil-necked geeks won't have the spare time and/or money to spend chasing you down for long.

Then again, there's always the King James Version. Sure, it's a Protestant version, but the King won't mind. He's dead.

Long live the King.

8 Comments:

At 10/13/2006 07:00:00 PM, Blogger Julie D. said...

This fan is duely grateful for something besides ... "coming soon." :-)

Just so ya know that some of us are still here...

 
At 10/19/2006 11:29:00 PM, Blogger DimBulb said...

My whole life is one long "almost there." I can't seem to get posts up very often myself, in spite of the fact that I have a bunch of notes to work from. I either have to give up school or stop spending all my time on other people's blogs. I'm leaning towards the former, but my mom and her shotgun is pushing me towards the latter.

 
At 10/22/2006 12:18:00 AM, Anonymous Tony said...

Then again, there's always the King James Version. Sure, it's a Protestant version, but the King won't mind. He's dead.

Douay-Reihms (translation from Latin Vulgate) is still public domain. Don't use the USCCB version. Douay-Reihms still holds an Impramtur. :)

 
At 10/22/2006 12:34:00 AM, Blogger David L Alexander said...

Tony:

Yeah, right, but my King James joke doesn't work on that. (By the way, it's spelled "imprimatur." You're welcome.)

 
At 10/23/2006 11:57:00 PM, Blogger DimBulb said...

David,

You mean Mister Douay-Reihms isn't dead!

 
At 10/24/2006 03:20:00 PM, Blogger sacerdos15 said...

When then (now Archbishop) Donald Wuerl and the Lawloer brothers were writing their catechism they asked for permission to use the NAB texts.Sure they were told-for a price.They used instead the RSV (a plus for their catechism) because the RSV publishers told them they did not charge.All they were concerned about was spreading the Word of God.Perhaps mindful of this His Excellency will take the lead in changing this unusual policy. ps. its coldout here we all need a hat-a black hat.We need your words.

 
At 10/31/2006 06:58:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan Carpenter said...

I love the Elizabethan prose in the Duoay-Rhiems bible.

 
At 10/31/2006 06:59:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan Carpenter said...

The Elizabethan prose in the Rhiems bible makes it come alive.

 

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