Covering All the Bases

Preachers read Scripture during their sermons. We have had many different speakers preach at our congregation, and get recorded and put on this site. Now while this reading of Scripture certainly falls under the protections of “fair use” and the permissions of the copyright holders of the translations, these companies still like to see their legal notice posted somewhere on this site. Since each speaker often will use a different translation (sometimes multiple ones), following are the copyright notices of all the major translations. And just because it’s in this list doesn’t mean we endorse it or even that any speaker here has used it. (Refer to the title of this page.)

Incidentally, ANY reprinting of Scripture (except for the King James version and some other really old translations) MUST be accompanied by some kind of attribution–that’s what these legal notices are for. The same goes for most hymns written after about 1940 or so (and several written before then). Just because you want to use them for non-profit reasons by no means gives you the right to do so without proper attribution, and in the case of songs, royalties may be required, too. (CCLI may be of help if you want to reproduce songs.) You say, “but that’s unfair!” Perhaps, but it’s American law, and it doesn’t have to be fair or make sense. We’re not talking about God’s law here!

The short versions (with links to the long versions):

  • New King James Version
    • Scripture quotations marked “NKJV™” are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
  • New American Standard Bible
  • New International Version
    • Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com. The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
  • New Revised Standard Version
    • “New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
  • English Standard Version
    • “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
  • Holman Christian Standard Bible
    • Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.
  • Good News Bible
    • Scriptures and additional materials quoted are from the Good News Bible © 1994 published by the Bible Societies/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd UK, Good News Bible© American Bible Society 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992. Used with permission.

New King James Version

I. GENERAL STATEMENT

A. USES NOT REQUIRING WRITTEN PERMISSION.

Printed, Visual and Electronic Uses:
Up to 1,000 verses (inclusive) from assorted books of the New King James Version® (NKJV™) may be quoted in printed (e.g., book, brochure, magazine, newsletter, lesson outline), visual (e.g., film, videotape), and electronic forms (e.g., computer diskette, CD-ROM, on-line) without written permission, as long as the verses quoted do not amount to 50% of a complete book of the Bible and do not make up 50% or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.

These uses of the NKJV must be acknowledged by an appropriate copyright notice as listed in Section II of this policy statement. Permission is contingent upon an appropriate copyright acknowledgment.

Audible Uses:
Up to 250 verses (inclusive) from assorted books of the NKJV may be quoted in audible (e.g., audio recording, sermons, radio and TV broadcasts) form without written permission as long as the verses quoted do not amount to 50% of a complete book of the Bible and do not make up 50% or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.

Use of the NKJV on audio recordings (e.g., audio cassettes, CDs) must be acknowledged by an appropriate copyright notice, as listed in Section II of this policy statement, on the label of each copy of the audio recording. Permission is contingent upon an appropriate copyright acknowledgment.

Musical Uses:
The NKJV may be quoted in print or recorded music without written permission as long as the NKJV text portion does not make up 50% or more of the total lyrics of the song.

Use of the NKJV in print or recorded music must be acknowledged by an appropriate copyright notice, as listed in Section II of this policy statement. Permission is contingent upon an appropriate copyright acknowledgment.

Quotations must conform accurately to the NKJV text, including appropriate spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and special text formats.

Within 30 days following the printed, visual, electronic, audible, or musical use of the NKJV, two complete copies of a work using quotations from the NKJV (except for sermons, church bulletins, orders of service, Sunday School lessons, church newsletters, and similar works) must be sent to the following address: Thomas Nelson Publishers, Attn: Bible Rights and Permissions, 501 Nelson Place, Nashville, Tennessee 37214-1000. In cases where NKJV is used online, please provide the web page address by email.
B. USES REQUIRING WRITTEN PERMISSION.

Printed, Visual, Electronic, Audible and Musical Uses:
Use of the NKJV text beyond the limitations of Section A above requires written permission. Requests for rights or permission should be made in writing (no e-mail) to Thomas Nelson Publishers, Attn: Bible Rights and Permissions, P.O. Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214-1000.

Requests should state (1) the exact portions to be quoted; (2) the estimated percentage of the total text of the work made up of the NKJV text; (3) the use in which the NKJV will be quoted (e.g. book, computer product, audio cassette, musical composition); (4) any material to be included in the work, such as additional text, illustrations, photos, etc.; (5) the purpose, number of copies or reproductions, and distribution of the use in which the NKJV is quoted; and (6) the sale or lease price of the work, or other income to be received.

II. ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND COPYRIGHT NOTICE

Any use of the NKJV text must include a proper copyright notice or acknowledgment.

A. PRINTED, VISUAL AND AUDIBLE USES:

Works using NKJV quotations must include one of the following copyright notices (whichever one is most appropriate) placed on the title or copyright page of a printed work, the credits of a visual work, or on the label of an audible work or accompanying a musical composition:

1. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

2. Scripture quotations marked “NKJV™” are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

3. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

B. MUSICAL USES:

Each printed copy of the song and each phonorecord of the song must display the acknowledgment:

Lyrics from the New King James Version®, copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission.

C. ELECTRONIC USE:

In electronic media the Nelson copyright notice, “New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.”, must be displayed when the program or on-line address is initialized, along with the following notice:

“Bible text from the New King James Version® is not to be reproduced in copies or otherwise by any means except as permitted in writing by Thomas Nelson, Inc., Attn: Bible Rights and Permissions, P.O. Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214-1000.”

In addition, “NKJV™” must appear on any print-out of verses.

D. CHURCH USE:

When quotations from the NKJV text are used in church bulletins, orders of service, Sunday School lessons, church newsletters and similar works in the course of religious instruction or services at a place of worship or other religious assembly, the following notice is to be used at the end of each quotation: “NKJV™”.

III. ARTISTIC, CRAFT, AND NOVELTY PROJECTS

Scripture verses from the NKJV may be used for crafts and novelties (such as calligraphy, ceramics, decoupage, key chains, magnets, needlework, plaques, t-shirts) without a written permission or fee. “NKJV™” should be placed in parentheses after the Scripture. The complete NKJV copyright notice (see Section II.A.1.) should also be placed on the front or reverse of craftwork where the full notice can be placed in an appropriate area as is artistically pleasing, or be included as a part of the packaging materials.

IV. SPECIAL APPROVALS FOR DISPLAY OF NEW KING JAMES VERSION

If the words “New King James Version®” or “NKJV™” are displayed or featured prominently with a work, such as on a book cover, advertising of a product, or on the title page of any product in which the NKJV has been used, approval from Thomas Nelson Publishers for such display is required prior to release of the product. A prototype of the book cover, advertising material, or title page is to be mailed or faxed to Thomas Nelson Publishers for review.

V. TRANSLATION RIGHTS

The translation of any portion of the NKJV into another language without the express written consent of Thomas Nelson Publishers is prohibited.

VI. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT NKJV RIGHTS AND PERMISSIONS

Questions or requests for further information should be directed to:

Thomas Nelson Publishers
Attn: Bible Rights and Permissions
P.O. Box 141000
Nashville, TN 37214-1000

New American Standard Bible

The text of the New American Standard Bible® may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of The Lockman Foundation, providing the verses do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for more than 25% of the total work in which they are quoted.

Notice of copyright as shown below must appear on the title or copyright page of the work:

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible®,
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973,
1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation
Used by permission.” (www.Lockman.org)

When quotations are primarily from the NASB text on an Internet Web page (scripture quotations not from the NASB must be identified), instead of the full copyright notice on the title page, this notice must be placed somewhere on the Web page containing the quotations:

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”
(This notice must be a click enabled Web link to www.lockman.org.)

When quotations from the NASB® text are used in not-for-sale media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies or similar media, the abbreviation (NASB®) may be used after the quotation. On a Web page, the abbreviation must be a click enabled Web link to www.lockman.org.

For artwork, the credit line may be on a tag on the back, on the packaging, or wherever convenient. It does not have to be put on the artwork itself.

One complete copy of the work using the quotations from the NASB®if published for sale, must be sent to The Lockman Foundation within 30 days following the publication of the work.

This permission to quote is limited to material which is wholly manufactured in compliance with the provisions of the copyright laws of the United States of America and all applicable international conventions and treaties.

New International Version

Permissions for Bibles (NIV, NiRV Translations) Zondervan holds NIV Rights in the U.S. and Canada (North America) Only.
Permission is necessary if you are writing a book or developing a product that uses verses from the NIV Translation of the Bible. Please be prepared to provide all of the required information in the Permission Request Form (Permission Request Form). Fees are determined based on the amount of material being used, the distribution of that material, and whether your usage is defined as commercial or non-commercial.

Non-Commercial Use: such non-commercial media is usually considered as Church Use: church bulletins, orders of service, bulletin boards, posters not offered for sale, overhead projection transparencies not offered for sale, or similar media used in the course of religious instruction or services at a place of worship or other religious assembly. The following notice may be used at the end of each quotation: “(NIV)”. Fair Use: Text from the NIV Bible may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio), up to and inclusive of 500 verses or less without written permission, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible, nor do verses quoted account for 25% or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted, and the verses are not being quoted in a commentary or other biblical reference work. This permission is contingent upon an appropriate copyright acknowledgment.

Works using NIV quotations must include one of the following copyright notices (whichever one is most appropriate):

  1. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.www.zondervan.com.
  2. The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
  3. Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com. The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
  4. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, International Version®, NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.comThe “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

The following link may be used to compare the NIV 2011 and NIV 84 text:www.biblegateway.com

Requests for non-commercial use which exceeds the above “fair use” guidelines must be directed to, and approved by Biblica.

If your request is for use outside the territory of the U.S. and Canada (North America), your permission request must be directed to:
Biblica, Inc.™
1820 Jet Stream Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3969
http://www.biblica.com/guestbook/
RightsPermissions@Biblica.com

Anyone who wishes to use the translation in its entirety must submit an electronic request by using our permission request form (Permission Request Form).

Permission Requests-United Kingdom, EEC and EFTA Resident
Rights and permission to quote from the NIV, and NIrV text in printed or electronic media intended for commercial use within the U.K., EEC, and EFTA countries that exceed the above guidelines must be directed to and approved in writing by:

Hodder& Stoughton Ltd.
338 Euston Road
London, NW1 3BH England
www.hodder.co.uk

New Revised Standard Version

The [New] Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted.

Notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page of the work as follows:

“Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“The Catholic Edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1965, 1966 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Common Bible: Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1973 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Apocrypha, copyright 1957; The Third and Fourth Books of the Maccabees and Psalm 151, copyright 1977 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Common Bible: New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

When quotations from the [N]RSV text are used in non-saleable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies, or similar media, the initials ([N]RSV) ought to be used at the end of each quotation.

Inquiries about permissions or licenses to use either the NRSV or the RSV should be directed to NRSVcopyright@aol.com

English Standard Version

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
Copyright © 2001 by Crossway,
a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
All rights reserved.
ESV Text Edition: 2007

The ESV text may be quoted (in written, visual, or electronic form) up to and inclusive of one thousand (1,000) verses without express written permission of the publisher, providing that the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for 50 percent or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.

The ESV text may be quoted for audio use (audio cassettes, CDs, audio television) up to two hundred fifty (250) verses without express written permission of the publisher providing that the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for 50 percent or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.

Notice of copyright must appear as follows on the title page or copyright page of printed works quoting from the ESV, or in a corresponding location when the ESV is quoted in other media:

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

When more than one translation is quoted in printed works or other media, the foregoing notice of copyright should begin as follows:

“Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from… [etc.]”; or,

“Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from… [etc.].”

The “ESV” and “English Standard Version” are registered trademarks of Crossway. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Crossway.

When quotations from the ESV text are used in non-saleable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies, or similar media, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials (ESV) must appear at the end of the quotation.

Publication of any commentary or other Bible reference work produced for commercial sale that uses the English Standard Version must include written permission for use of the ESV text.

Permission requests that exceed the above guidelines must be directed to Crossway, Attn: Bible Rights, 1300 Crescent Street, Wheaton, IL 60187, USA or permissions@crossway.org. Please allow two to four weeks for response.

Permission requests for use within the UK and EU that exceed the above guidelines must be directed to HarperCollins Publishers, Attn: Collins Bibles, 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London W6 8JB, England.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV) is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved.

Crossway is a not-for-profit organization (a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers) that exists solely for the purpose of publishing the good news of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, the Bible. A portion of the purchase price of every Bible is donated to help support Bible distribution ministry around the world.

Holman Christian Standard Bible

Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville Tennessee. All rights reserved

Permission to Quote the HCSB®

The text of the Holman Christian Standard Bible may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio) up to and inclusive of two hundred fifty (250) verses without the written permission of the publisher, provided that the verses quoted do not account for more than 20 percent of the work in which they are quoted, and provided that a complete book of the Bible is not quoted.

When the Holman Christian Standard Bible is quoted, one of the following credit lines must appear on the copyright page or title page of the work:

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

As a general rule, follow the naming standards set by B & H Publishing Group when referring to the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation. The preferred forms are Holman Christian Standard Bible or Holman CSB. Use the abbreviation HCSB only when indicating Scripture references or when necessary due to space constraints.

The abbreviation HCSB is acceptable when citing Scripture references. In products where the Holman CSB is the primary translation, use of the abbreviation HCSB is not needed in the reference. The format for Scripture references in general text is:

Products with multiple translations:

“After looking around at them all, He told him, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He did so, and his hand was restored” (Luke 6:10, HCSB).

Products with Holman CSB as the only or primary translation:

“After looking around at them all, He told him, “Stretch out your hand.’ He did so, and his hand was restored” (Luke 6:10).

Use of the registered trademark symbol ® in running text or with Scripture references is not necessary when the symbol appears in the masthead, copyright page, or title page information.

Use of the registered trademark symbol ® is only necessary on the first mention of the Holman Christian Standard Bible or Holman CSB in promotional copy (ads, brochures, catalogs, flyers, posters, etc.) or other running text separate from a product.

Good News Bible

Free Use
You must use the text from the second edition of the Good News Bible.

The Bible Societies are glad to grant authors and publishers the right to use up to one thousand (1,000) verses from the Good News Bible text in church, religious and other publications, without the need to seek and receive written permission. However, the extent of quotation must not comprise a complete book, nor should it amount to more than 50% of the work.

Free Use/Commercial Use
The text should not be adapted in any way unless express written permission to do so is given by Bible Society.

The following copyright notice must appear on the title or copyright page:

‘Scriptures and additional materials quoted are from the Good News Bible © 1994 published by the Bible Societies/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd UK, Good News Bible© American Bible Society 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992. Used with permission.’

Commercial Use
Two copies of any publication quoting from GNB should be sent to the address below.

When quotations from GNB are used in non-saleable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies or similar media, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials GNB must appear at the end of each quotation.

Requests for quotations in excess of one thousand (1,000) verses in any publication must be directed to and written approval received from Bible Society, Stonehill Green, Westlea, Swindon, SN5 7DG.