Many KJV enthusiasts claim the KJV is not copyrighted so it must truly be the only Word of God.
Well, what many don't realize is that the KJV is protected, even today, by the copyright holder - the Crown of the United Kingdom.
The following is a conversation I had with my Protestant friend and includes a letter from Her Majesty's Stationery Office (copyright office) that was sent to me yesterday after I made an inquiry into the copyright status of the KJV:Protestant:
the KJV is not copyrighted Astralis
First of all, the KJV is copyrighted and if the Queen's Governement of the UK wanted to sue you in a UK court they have every right to do it. The US does not recognize the UK's retaining of the copyright after so many years so Her Majesty's Government cannot sue you in an American court but in a different country where you diffused the KJV and where it recognizes the UK's copyright, then you can be held liable for "damages".
Also, the idea that a Bible is copyrighted cannot truly be a defense for a different translation of a Bible that isn't protected. Translations of the Bible are copyrighted - not the Bible itself. You can find the MSS that you want to use and translate them yourself and make your own Bible if you desire and you can own the copyright. I see nothing wrong with this as long as your scholarship is up to par. Protestant
First, where did you get your information? Certain productions of the KJV including the Authentic AV1611 Oxford can and are protected as a complete work (i.e. Name Rights, references, word and phrase dictionaries, pictorals, etc...) but, the actual verses from the beginning of Genesis through the end of Revelation are NOT and CANNOT be copyrighted even in the courts of England.
The work, while authorized and ordered by King James, was performed by many scholars of various backgrounds including Jewish men assisting in the formats and requirements of the numerically based Hebrew language of the Masoretic Texts or Old Testament. Anyone whether in England, USA or, ANYWHERE in the world can freely and rightfully copy the Scriptures of the King James. They just cannot copyright them unless they make major changes of both words and wording arrangement which are unique from the already numerous works already in print.
This "copyright" issue was attempted once in England where the Church of England (Anglican) attempted to stop the use of the KJV Bible in all the various sects of Christianity that were diverse and not in line with their doctrine. They attempted to get Royal claim to the writings and translated work via the Queen. When their courts and parliament refused them on lack of rights, they attempted to influence a royal decree. I believe it was Elizabeth who saw through their front to the evil intentions and likened these few church leaders to the apostacy and evil desires to control what belonged to God and thereby control men just as the RCC had done for centuries. She issued a decree that forever stopped them in their tracks that, while James IV of England also known as James I of Scotland decreed the work, the Bible commonly called the "King James Bible" was not nor could ever be the property of men of flesh but of the most Holy God, His Christ and, because of the Church's own proclaimation that the Scriptures were devine and devinely inspired and authored, that therefore the authorship is of the Holy Spirit.
This was the most profound and everlasting decree over religious written works ever made. For it clearly decreed what God has said all along: "My Word..." Astralis
Apparently, you don't believe me and I should ask you, why not and where did YOU get your information?
I got my information from Her Majesty's Government and the following is the email that I received which should clear this up once and for all. Whew!