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BiblicalWiki.com is a service allowing you to view and share information which concerns the Bible and a biblical world-view. This online service is offered to you under the following Terms of Use. By using BiblicalWiki.com, you consent to be bound by these Terms.

Terms of Use

Definitions

  • "BiblicalWiki.com"—This website, and any subdomains of this website (e.g., research.biblicalwiki.com), unless otherwise noted.
  • "BiblicalWiki Research Site"—The research subdomain of BiblicalWiki.com, which is: research.*, where * is the primary domain name of BiblicalWiki.com. This term is defined in order to distinguish the research subdomain of BiblicalWiki.com from the rest of BiblicalWiki.com.
  • "Content"—Any tangible or intangible work or part of a work, whether or not it fits the requirements for legal recognition of copyright. (For example, this includes: books, documents, text, video files, image files, images, audio files, audio recordings, audio, design of any kind, formatting of any kind, and so on.)
  • The "Public Domain"—A collection of creative works which, a) are legally owned by the public (i.e., everyone, everywhere) as copyright holders, or b) are legally free from copyright and unable to be copyrighted in their present state or condition. The term Public Domain is always to be interpreted with the most restrictive and enforceable of the two previously provided definitions in your jurisdiction, with the intent of providing everyone the right to use the work for any purpose. For all intents and purposes, the scope of the Public Domain includes Content licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.
  • "Public Domain Content"—Any creative work which is at any time entered into the Public Domain, exactly as it is entered into the Public Domain.
  • "Copyright," "Copyrighted"—A legal right owned by a limited number of individuals and/or groups to restrict others from copying, reproducing, and/or publishing these works. Also the owning of such a right.
  • "Copyrighted Content"—Any creative work which is Copyrighted by a limited number of individuals and/or groups. This includes works such as books, videos, applications and software, websites, and files, whether or not Copyright is even mentioned in the work.
  • "Libre Content"—Copyrighted Content which is licensed under a liberal license. Such Content may be free to share, copy, and change, but usually with the requirement that any changes be submitted under the same license as the original.
  • "Alternative License"—A nonexclusive license offered as an alternative to the Public Domain in countries in which the Public Domain is not legally recognized. The license is as follows: You are hereby irrevocably licensed to use, re-use, share, distribute, deal, sell, market, sub-license, modify, adapt, and re-publish this work without limitation or restriction. You may not claim any copyright over this work in it's present condition, but you may if you provide substantial changes to the work.
  • "Your Content"—Any Content you create, or you otherwise own the Copyright to.
  • "Publish," "Publishing," "Published"—The act of creating, editing, uploading, or otherwise posting Content on or to BiblicalWiki.com.
  • "Published Content"—Any Content which is Published at BiblicalWiki.com.

Content and License

  1. The majority of the Content on BiblicalWiki.com is Public Domain Content. (In countries that do not legally recognize the Public Domain, the majority of the Content on BiblicalWiki.com is alternatively provided under the Alternative License.)
  2. Some Copyrighted Content may be found within the Public Domain Content on BiblicalWiki.com. This Copyrighted Content is used according to the permissions given by the Copyright holders, and must be appropriately labeled to avoid confusion.
  3. When you Publish any of Your Content, you submit this Content, as it is, to the Public Domain world-wide. (See Public Domain for more information on what this will mean for you and for others.) In any country in which the Public Domain is not legally enforceable, you alternatively license Your Content under the Alternative License, up until a time when this work can legally be submitted to the Public Domain in such a country, and you hereby represent your intent to submit Your Content to the Public Domain within such a country at such a time.
    1. If you live in a country in which the Public Domain is not legally enforceable, you hereby assign all your copyrights to Your Content to Joshua Gerrity (the owner of the Site), and he hereby submits the Content to the Public Domain worldwide, and hereby alternatively provides the Content under the Alternative License in countries in which the Public Domain is legally unenforceable, until such a time that the Public Domain is legally enforceable.
  4. You will not Publish Content which you do not have the right to Publish, including Copyrighted Content which you are not licensed to Publish, and information for which you are under obligation not to disclose.
  5. You may Publish small amounts of Content which is Copyrighted by others (such as in quotes and other inclusions) within the Published Content at BiblicalWiki.com, so long as: 1) this is permitted by the Copyright holder, 2) Public Domain Content will continue to take up more than 50% of the total Published Content on any particular page, and 3) you appropriately label such Content as Copyrighted. Note that Copyrighted Content does not become Public Domain Content simply because it is included with or within Public Domain Content!
  6. You will not Publish Libre Content, except as under the terms for Publishing Copyrighted Content above (see #5). In any case, you will not Publish any Libre Content as licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license (or CC-By-SA license).
  7. You will not Publish Content which is intentionally deceptive, misleading, harmful, or otherwise disrespectful of your Christian Witness as a son or daughter of God. (For example, you will not slander another person, and will not attempt to win any argument by twisting any facts.)

Privacy

By using BiblicalWiki.com, you consent to the following practices.

  1. The potential use of your real name on BiblicalWiki.com, as you may provide it and make it visible. (If you provide your real name, which is recommended, it may be used to credit you for the information and articles you help provide to the public. If Content you provided is used elsewhere [such as in a book], your name may be used in connection with your Content as well.)
  2. The admin's use of analytics software on BiblicalWiki.com. (Analytics software allows the administrator of a website to see how, when, and where visitors are viewing and interacting with his or her website.)
  3. The admin's use of ads on BiblicalWiki.com. (Advertisers can gather a lot of information about you when you interact with their ads. In fact, they can even gather information about you when you load a page that contains their ads. For more information on this subject and on how you can control your privacy, see the Privacy Policy.)

Your Account

Accounts on BiblicalWiki.com are for content creators, editors, and researchers, not for visitors who only want to browse BiblicalWiki.com. Due to this fact, the following rules are intended to limit accounts to users who will actively participate in Content creation and editing.

  1. All accounts must be requested and then approved by a BiblicalWiki.com Administrator to be created.
  2. Due to the nature of BiblicalWiki.com, accounts are limited to Christians as defined in the BiblicalWiki.com Creed. Notwithstanding, there is no similar restriction on researchers who wish to create an account at the BiblicalWiki Research Site; they may do so whether or not they are Christians as defined in the BiblicalWiki.com Creed, and are encouraged to do so.
  3. When requesting an account (currently only done through email), you must include certain information for your account to be approved. At a minimum, you must state which username you would like to have, state that you are a Christian according to the BiblicalWiki.com Creed, and state how you plan to help make BiblicalWiki.com a better source of information. (For example, this could be as simple as, "I would like the username 01010011, I am a Christian, and I plan to add a page about Cain," or, "Username: 10101100. I am a Christian, and I plan to correct some typos in certain articles.") This information will help Administrators determine if you want to create an account for the right reasons. This requirement of sending specific information does not apply to the BiblicalWiki Research Site.
  4. Lower level accounts which go more than a year without creating or editing Content in a meaningful way may be deleted without further notice. (This isn't to be mean, and may not even happen. However, for more than one reason, it's important that Bureaucrats and Administrators have the ability to delete unused accounts.) Unless you are banned from BiblicalWiki.com, your name or site name will remain on BiblicalWiki.com even after your account is deleted, unless otherwise requested.

For information on why BiblicalWiki.com Content is Public Domain rather than being licensed under a GPL or CC license, see About BiblicalWiki.com.