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Podcast episode 37

On the Specter of Copyright Hijacking

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Here at Selling Jesus, we advocate that ministries release their content into the public domain. Among other reasons, we believe this to be the most consistent approach to Jesus’s command to “freely give” in Matthew 10:8. However, a question occasionally arises at this point: Couldn’t another party republish that content and claim it as their own? Further, couldn’t they then take legal action against the original creator who hadn’t claimed copyright?

For lack of a more official term, I’ll refer to this as “copyright hijacking.”

In this episode Conley Owens answers this common doubt and concludes that ministries should never hesitate to give freely by dedicating their content to the public domain.

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