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Re: Quran license

On Saturday 28 December 2002 15:28, Mohammed Elzubeir wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 28, 2002 at 02:41:15PM +0300, Osama ALASSIRY wrote:
> > The text and audio are probably already public domain... I don't think
> > you can GPL them... you do not own the right.
> >
> > Same thing for the data in the xml file, you can only licence the XML
> > dtd (file format).
With you there.
> And how exactly did you gather that they are public domain? Especially for
> the audio? My main concern here is that someone would make use of the
> audio files without giving back to the OSS community. The audio files
> obviously required some work.
> Please do the following (for those who have these things accessible):
>   - if you have audio tapes of Quranic readings, look for any kind of
>     copyright notice or statement of ownership
About the tapes, they don't have anything like that, they only have something
like "مع تحيات دار........للتسجيلات الإسلامية" but no copyright notices or
anything else.
>   - if you have multiple copies (different issues) of the Quran text look
> for possible copyright notices.
Noone can copyright the text of the quran and you will not be able to find
a single book containing the Qur'an have *any* copyright notices
> I think we should just follow those. If you find nothing indicating any
> kind of ownership, I guess public domain it is.

I don't know what means by saying "it's public domain" but nobody should
have the right to modify the texts of the Qur'an (excluding fixing typos and 
This is why I'm thinking about writing a custom license for distributing the
XML files as I don't seem to be able to find a suitable license.

Mohammed Yousif
"She is in my mind and soul, I love her with all my heart and blood".
We _will_ restore OUR Jerusalem