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Around Easter and Christmas, a lot of handmade products pop up with Bible verses on them. But, are they trademarked? Protected under copyright laws? Today, let’s take a look at the using Bible verses on products made with your Silhouette, Cricut, or other methods.
Are Bible Verses Copyrighted or Trademarked?
I feel like I have good news about using Bible verses in crafting: In cases of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts of the Bible, along with the King James Version (not to be mistaken with the New King James Version) you can freely use verses in your handmade products because they are public domain.
As with anything, there’s some exceptions. You’ll want to steer clear of any recent translations which may be copywritten to the translator/publisher. For example: A quoted verse from a Thomas Nelson or Zondervan Bible publication is copyrighted. If you’d like to use one of those – head to this link for more information.
For other copyright and trademark information previously seen on Cutting for Business, follow this link.
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Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.