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The NIV text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio), up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without the express written permission of the Biblica, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted. Notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page.
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14. Fair Use and Permissions Guidelines for BJ-Content
Schedule A, attached hereto and incorporated by reference as if fully set forth herein, contains specific fair use and permissions guidelines covering limited use of certain BJ-Content in furtherance of non-commercial religious and educational instructional activities.
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Last Updated: May 25, 2020.
SPECIFIC BIBLEJOURNEY FAIR USE AND PERMISSIONS GUIDELINES
BibleJourney’s mission is to fully equip Bible students and teachers in any setting – formal or non-formal, and, eventually, in all major languages – to understand the Bible and be competent in its interpretation. Ultimately, it is our hope that these students and teachers will, in turn, use and share the knowledge gained through the BJ Program with others.
Accordingly, we are issuing these specific BibleJourney Fair Use and Permissions Guidelines to help Bible students and teachers navigate permissible sharing of BJ-Content under principles of fair use in furtherance of non-commercial religious and educational instructional activities, while still honoring copyright protections, restrictions and other intellectual property rights of both BibleJourney and its licensors.
B. Fair Use
Fair Use is an express statutory exception under U.S. Copyright Law to the exclusive rights of copyright owners. The “fair use” of a copyrighted work, or portions thereof, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research, is not an infringement of copyright.
There are no exact rules for how much use is considered fair.
Rather, fair use is determined on a case-by-case basis under an intentionally flexible four-factor analysis or test: (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
Courts have varied widely in their interpretation and application of the fair use test, which is technically a defense to copyright infringement to be raised in litigation.
In the context of religious education classes, teachers and students may wish to ask the following three (3) questions to assess whether a particular use of portions of BJ-Content is fair:
- Do the shared materials illustrate or support a point being made by the presenter?
- Is the amount of shared materials limited to what is reasonably appropriate to illustrate or support the presenter’s point? and
- Will the recipient of the shared materials (i.e., the presenter’s intended audience such as students) readily make the connection between the shared materials and the presenter’s specific point?
If the foregoing can all be answered affirmatively, then it is reasonably likely that a successful case for fair use has been established. Question 1 underscores the importance of having some legitimate purpose for use of the shared materials, such as criticism, comment or teaching, that is grounded in First Amendment free speech rights. Question 2 emphasizes the general fair use precept that one should quote the smallest amount possible necessary to illustrate one’s point. Question 3 ensures that the shared materials are not being included merely for some reason that is separate from the presenter’s point.
C. STM Guidelines
For use of excerpts of quotations from BJ-Content in published materials, BibleJourney intends to adhere to the STM Permissions Guidelines developed by the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers found at: http://www.stm-assoc.org/copyright-legal-affairs/permissions/permissions-guidelines/.
The STM Guidelines have been adopted by a number of STM member publishers, greatly facilitating the permissions process for quotation of scholarly and professional materials by scholars, educators and researchers in other publications on a gratis, expedited basis.
D. BJ Sharable Content Through Creative Commons
From time to time, BibleJourney may make certain limited portions of BJ-Content (“BJ Sharable Content”) available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial No Derivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) which lets you share, copy, distribute, and transmit the work. However, if you remix, transform, or build upon the BJ Sharable Content, you may not distribute the modified material. BJ Sharable Content subject to a Creative Commons Attribution—NonCommercial No Derivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY – NC- ND 4.0) will clearly be marked as such through affixation of the following Creative Commons License Notice:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution—NonCommercial No Derivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY – NC- ND 4.0) by BibleJourney, Inc. For more information about this license, please visit Creative Commons.
With respect to Creative Commons licensed BJ Sharable Content, you should attribute the work to BibleJourney, Inc. (but not in any way that suggests that we endorse you or your use of the work), using the above Creative Commons License Notice.
E. Questions and Specific Permissions Requests
If you have any questions or wish to seek specific permission for use of any BJ-Content, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. When possible, we will seek to accommodate your request on favorable terms and conditions. Please note, however, that typically we can only confer permission with respect to BJ-Content that is expressly owned and controlled by us. For content, such as third-party proprietary photographs and video clips, that are owned and controlled by our licensors, please understand that we cannot confer any use permission for such third-party materials, owing to the use restrictions for such materials to which we are subject under licenses with our licensors.