Christopher29, on 06 January 2013 - 06:42 PM, said:
Thanks for the reply Dave!
One more question....
I have noticed that Dr Constables notes on the Bible is a paid module for theWord, but it is available for free with e-Sword. I dont really use e-Sword much anymore (I prefer theWord) is it ok to use the "twimporter" to convert it into theWord? I have hesitated to do that since its a paid module for theWord.......once again, only for personal use.
Are you sure the eSword version is the full version of Constable's notes? That question aside, the practical way to decide whether a particular use constitutes "fair use" is to ask yourself whether your use would deprive the copyright owner of expected revenue. If so, that is, morally and ethically, the same as stealing. If not, then let not your conscience be disturbed. In the instance you describe, I think it would not be "fair use" to take an effectively comparable version of Constable's (if the free eSword version is indeed directly and effectively comparable to the premium module available for TW), and convert it to TW, since to do so would deprive Constable of the revenue expected from the premium module. OTOH, if the free version for eSword is in any way less featured than the premium module for TW, then I would see no problem.
Hypothetically, though, if you had an eSword module that you'd paid for, and did not plan to continue any longer to use it with eSword, it would not be a matter of conscience to me to convert it and use it for TW. To me, that would be "fair use." We are close to splitting hairs, though, because no doubt some developers hope to profit from developing their product for different platforms, and to be honest, sometimes some additional labor is required to support a new platform.
Ultimately, someone can imagine a scenario that is difficult, if not impossible, to be sure of. In such matters of "judgment," I am always guided by 1Cor 4.3-4. Consequently, when I found a fully functional module for TW of Zodhiates "The Complete Wordstudy Dictionary," which was clearly an unauthorized conversion of the paid version available for eSword, I continued to use it, but simply bought a copy of the module for eSword. I do not use eSword, but I installed it, and purchased the eSword module, in order that my conscience might be free -- before God -- in using it with TW. Ultimately, you have to answer to God for these judgments. I don't think He will necessarily let you off the hook simply because you followed the advice of someone on an internet forum.