Often we get asked by customers if they can quote material from PC Study Bible. These are often referred to as "permissions requests", "copyright requests" or sometimes "publication requests". In some cases, people are preparing papers for a specific class assignment, some want to create hand-outs for a group of people, some write articles for publication in magazines, and some are even writing books they plan to publish.
It is important to understand that the content of your specific PC Study Bible program is made up of many different reference works (e.g. "books"). The distribution of these is often restricted by the legal copyright holder, especially when used in a public or commercial setting. Because you bought PC Study Bible, does not mean that you "own the NIV", for example, it means that you have licensed its use under the terms of EULA [link] you agreed to when you installed the software. The content of a PC Study Bible library falls into 3 categories:
1. titles owned by a publisher other than Biblesoft
2. titles in the public domain, but modified for use in PC Study Bible
3. original content created by Biblesoft
Generally speaking, copying and distributing from reference works is not a problem as long as you include the citation from the book's copyright page. You will need to consult the copyrights "within" each reference work for the copyright information. To do so, simply click on the "circle c" symbol along the bottom of the window within the reference work you're using, and copy and paste copyright statement.
You will notice that some publishers (category 1.) are generous in what they allow you to distribute, some are very restrictive. Please consult their copyright statement as instructed above. It is important to realize that you must contact the publisher directly for permission to distribute their content. Biblesoft cannot give permission to distribute what it does not own. For example, if you want to quote the NIV text of the Bible, Zondervan grants permission for up to 500 verses as long as they do not amount to an entire book of the Bible "nor do the verses quoted account for 25 per cent or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted." If you desire to use the NIV text outside of these parameters, it is your legal obligation to contact Zondervan directly for permission to do so.
With regard to using content from the other 2 categories, as long as the amount you intend to quote is less than 10% of the total text of the work in which it is quoted, you may do so (this is limited to non-commercial and non-competitive uses only). Often you may find a copyright statement appended to your document when you paste the material into your word processor. At the least, you may use a simple attribution such as: Quotations taken from PC Study Bible (C) 2008 Biblesoft, Inc. (www.biblesoft.com). Used by permission.