Monday, August 5, 2013

The Church and Copyright Law

I sure hope the Vatican isn't trying to capitalize on the writings of the last three Popes. But within a year of the election of each, Libreria Editrice Vaticana puts out a strongly worded "Decree" claiming copyright on all the writings of the man elected Pope. And it has been strong in enforcing online copyright thereof.

This strikes me as being directly against the value of evangelization. The Church exists as the protector of truth. The Church has a right to make sure use of her teachings is in conformity with those teachings to be sure. But to charge for the printing of the Pope's words? That seems to me to be a potential case of simony. And in this day and age where copyright is becoming more of a hinderance than a help in getting ideas out, I think we need a new tool.

That's why I've added a Creative Commons license to this blog.

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