Biblical Law -- No Mis-Attribution -- 1.0 (BL-NMA-1.0)
The following is a true "copyright" -- meaning that you actually have a transcendently-grounded "right to copy." With the original information content of this website, you are free to:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
Under the following terms:
No Mis-attribution — Unlike similar licenses which require attribution (thus implying that they will use force against you if you don't comply), this license contains only a negative command: You must not mis-attribute the authorship of any content on this Wiki. One neighbourly way to do this would be to give credit to the originator, provide a link to the original content, and indicate if any changes were made. But we would never threaten force against you if you didn't do this. "No mis-attribution" encompasses two responsibilities (to which Biblical law always binds you):
- You may not lie and claim that you are the original author of the information
- You may not falsify the original authorial communication, such as by:
- quoting it out of an appropriate context
- leaving out wording that is key to the overall communication, or
- adding any content or formatting which might suggest to a reasonable person that the author said something which he or she did not originally say
Also, you may provide credit in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests that the content creator or the Theonomy Wiki endorses you or your use of the original information content.
The above restrictions -- and correlated liberties -- are grounded in Biblical law, not mere human law. The restrictions apply because anyone who uses the content is bound by the following commandments:
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. Exodus 20:16WEB
11 ... “‘You shall not lie. “‘You shall not deceive one another. Leviticus 19:11WEB
The content creator cannot revoke your liberty to use this content because he/she is bound by the following commandments:
15 “You shall not steal. Exodus 20:15WEB
2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of YHWH your God which I command you. Deuteronomy 4:2WEB
Biblical law – unlike most modern law systems – maximizes your freedom: to benefit from and use information, ideas, and other innovations, which may be copied and used without limit, and without depriving anyone else of their copy. Biblical law also forbids you from threatening civil government coercion upon people who use information in these ways. Copyright and patent coercion is Biblical theft, and must be stopped.
Copyright laws did not even exist prior to the 18th century. Your digital and other media (e.g. hard drive, paper, etc.) for storing information is your private property. Your property right to use your own information media under Biblical law (protected by God's command: 19 “You shall not steal. Deuteronomy 5:19WEB) supersedes and nullifies any contrary claim asserted by humans (see Matt. 28:18). People who claim enforceable property rights in information (i.e. numbers) or ideas are sinfully adding to God’s law (in violation of Deut. 4:2), and thus usurping God’s authority.