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NCC RSV & NRSV Usage Policy Guidelines

I. FAIR USE (GRATIS) PERMISSION POLICY

Up to 500 verses of the RSV or NRSV may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio) without charge and without obtaining written permission provided all of the following conditions are met:

7G5A2558The total number of verses quoted is:

  • less than an entire book of the Bible, and
  • less than 500 verses (total), and
  • less than 25% percent of the total number of words in the work in which they are quoted
  • No changes are made to the text. All quotations must be accurate to the text, including all appropriate punctuation, capitalization, etc. unless specifically approved to the contrary prior to publication. All acceptable guidelines and alternative usages are available as a separate document, which is available upon request.
  • The applicable notice of copyright must appear in an appropriate location in the publication in which they are quoted. See “Copyright Notice and Acknowledgement”, section V, for the appropriate copyright notice for each version of the RSV or NRSV.

Special permission is not required for quotations from the RSV or NRSV meeting the above criteria that are utilized in non-salable media, such as such as church bulletins, orders of service, newsletters, class handouts, transparencies or other presentation media, whether electronic or mechanical.

Works not covered by gratis use:

  • Use of RSV or NRSV scripture text where the text stands alone, such as: artwork, jewelry, gift product, etc. is not permitted without requesting formal permission (fees may apply).
  • The Fair Use Guidelines do not apply to Phone Applications, or other New Media Platforms (web sites, apps, etc.).
  • Works in any format or media that utilize RSV or NRSV content, which are available for sale, whether for not-for-profit or commercial use, are not covered under our gratis policy.
  • Text that does not include the appropriate copyright notice (see “Copyright Notice and Acknowledgement,” Section V).
  • We are unable to grant permissions and licenses for the RSV-CE and RSV-2CE. For permissions, contact Ignatius Press.

II. WEB USE POLICY

Use of the RSV or NRSV on a web site is subject to the Gratis Use Policy described above. When calculating the number of verses, include all verses that can be accessed from the web site.

Generally, gratis permission will not be granted to post or podcast:

  • The complete RSV or NRSV
  • An entire testament from the RSV or NRSV
  • A complete book from the RSV or NRSV

Although posting the lectionary readings for a single week is within the Gratis Use Policy, most other online uses of the lectionary texts exceed the policy and will require a license.

Mobile apps, downloadable book or Bible, and software are examples of web usage that will require a special permission or license.

III. ALL OTHER USES

If a proposed use of the RSV or NRSV text is outside the Gratis Use Policy, then please submit a request for permission. Submit requests to:

NRSV Copyright Manager
Riggins International Rights Services, Inc.
3923 28th Street SE #352
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Email: NRSVcopyright@rigginsrights.com
Phone: 941-621-6085

Requests should include the information below. Please download the attached form that has all the information and complete it. Generally, we need to know:

1. What you would like to use—

  • RSV or NRSV translation
  • The specific verses (including the total number of verses) or books, or New Testament Only, Old Testament Only, Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Writings, or entire Bible, etc.

2. How you would like to use the RSV or NRSV text—Please utilize the downloadable form when possible, otherwise, provide the following information in your request:

  • Working title or name of product
  • Description of the proposed use, to include:
    • General description of your product or usage
    • Type of additional material you plan to add to the scripture
    • Portion of the new work that is represented by the RSV or NRSV texts. . (i.e., 50% of the work will be NRSV scripture)
    • Product category – We prefer you to provide the BISAC Category (i.e., Bible-Children’s, Bible-Parallel, Biblical Commentary, Meditations, etc).
    • Planned number of pages of your work.
  • Indicate if your usage will be salable, whether your organization is a non-profit or “for profit” organization. If you plan to distribute your work free of charge, please explain in detail.
  • Publication medium in which your work will be utilized (i.e., audio, artwork, print book or Bible, digital, periodical, etc.).
  • All the formats and bindings you plan (i.e., cassette, digital-app, hardcover, genuine leather, paperback, etc.)
  • Target markets where your product will be distributed (Anglican, Catholic, ecumenical, Evangelical, Jewish, Orthodox, Protestant, Non-Religious, etc.)
  • Target age group (i.e., toddler, young adult) and audience of your product (i.e., congregation, pastors, women etc.)
  • Geographical territory in which your product will be distributed (U.S., North America, UK, etc.)
  • Anticipated date of publication or first use
  • Anticipated first print run quantity for each binding/format
  • Anticipated lifetime sales for all bindings/formats
  • Estimated retail and net/wholesale sales prices. If you are distributing at no charge, please provide an explanation.
  • Any other background information that would assist in describing your proposed use.

3. Information on You and Your Organization —

  • Organization’s legal name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and website address.
  • Organization’s tax filing status: non-profit under IRS 501c, corporation, etc.
  • Contact person’s name, mailing address, email address, and phone number

Providing complete, detailed information will facilitate a timely response.

IV. FEES

A permission, license or royalty fee may be charged for uses that exceed the Gratis Use Policy.

License fees are assessed based on many factors, including but not limited to:

  • The amount of material used.
  • The ratio of RSV or NRSV material to the total content of the new work in which they appear.
  • Whether the use will be distributed free of charge or sold. Salable items include products sold at cost, no-profit cost, or sold for profit. This includes items for which the proceeds are used to benefit a charitable purpose. Some local ministry and educational uses fall within the commercial category. Some other uses are considered non-commercial uses.

Upon completion of the grant of rights, you will be provided the procedure and fee structure to facilitate production from the scripture database files.

V. COPYRIGHT NOTICE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

1. All quotations from the RSV or NRSV text must include the designation “RSV”, “RSV-CE”, “NRSV”, or “NRSV-CE” after the biblical citation.

For example:

  • “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,” Genesis 1:1 (NRSV) or (Genesis 1:1, NRSV)
  • “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (RSV) or (John 3:16, RSV)

When quotations from the RSV or NRSV are used in non-salable media (such as church bulletins, orders of service, newsletters, class handouts, transparencies or other presentation media, whether electronic or mechanical), a complete copyright notice is not required but the initials (RSV or NRSV) must appear at the end of each quotation.

2. Excerpt Usage – A complete copyright notice should be included with all uses. The location of the copyright notice will depend, in part, upon the medium in which the quotation is used.

For example:

  • Books—On the copyright page and any other acknowledgments section
  • Audio uses, including cassettes and CDs—On the jewel box liner and any booklet inserted into the case
  • Electronic uses, including software—On the packaging, “About This Product” screens, and product web site(s)
  • Visual uses, including videos, films, slides, class handouts, transparencies or other presentation media—On the packaging, the copyright screen, and any other acknowledgments section
  • Greeting cards—On the backside of the card

When it is not feasible to use the complete copyright notice on the item, the full credit line may appear in ancillary materials that accompany the item.

The following copyright notices are authorized for use with the various editions of the RSV or NRSV:

* [Scripture quotations are from] Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

* [Scripture quotations are from] The Catholic Edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1965, 1966 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

* [Scripture quotations are from] Common Bible: Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1973 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

* [Scripture quotations are from] Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Apocrypha, copyright © 1957; The Third and Fourth Books of the Maccabees and Psalm 151, copyright © 1977 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

* [Scripture quotations are from] Revised Standard Version of the Bible—Second Catholic Edition (Ignatius Edition) Copyright © 2006 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

* [Scripture quotations are from] New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

* [Scripture quotations are from] New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

* [Scripture quotations are from] Common Bible: New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

* [Scripture quotations are from] New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

In the future, the website address for RSV or NRSV should be placed within the copyright notice line.

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