[b-greek] Re: GNT monoply

From: Patrick Narkinsky (patrick@extremehope.org)
Date: Tue Sep 12 2000 - 16:35:00 EDT

On Tue, 12 Sep 2000, clayton stirling bartholomew wrote:

> If it is too much expense or trouble to get the rights to the text of NA27
> one could just use W&H as a base text and have a small team NT scholars make
> a few "corrections" to W&H and this would permit you do break the strangle
> hold that GBS has on the GNT which amounts to a monopoly, since the
> competition is essentially non-existent.

I Am Not A Lawyer (or a Greek Scholar, for that matter).

But is Nestle-Aland really copyrightable? Is the text (written over 1900
years ago) under copyright? It seems questionable to me, since there is
presumably *no* original content in the words of the text itself. This
really skates the edge ... I suppose it could be argued that NA created
an original work by arranging the text -- however, it seems to me that the
work of the textual critic could be argued to be too mechanistic for that
to qualify as artistic creation.


Patrick Narkinsky patrick@extremehope.org

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