CCEL Copyright Policy

CCEL Web site

Most of the editions at the Christian Classics Ethereal library are based on books that are public domain in the United States. However, they may have copyrighted introductions, cover art, and other special contents, and they are based on XML markup copyrighted by the Christian Classics Ethereal Library. A few books are under another publisher's copyright and are used by permission; these are noted on the book information page.

You may use the plain-text version of any public domain book at the CCEL (files ending in .txt) in any way you please, including republishing it.

Other formats may not be copied without permission. You must contact us for permission to republish CCEL works or to use them commercially.

Copyright laws in other countries vary; some books that are in the public domain in the United States are still under copyright in other countries. Check your local copyright law before copying.

CCEL CDs

For all CCEL CDs released before January 1, 2007:
To obtain permission to reproduce these CDs or to utilize the contents of these CDs in conjunction with any commercial activities, please contact the CCEL. Under no circumstances may these CDs be mounted onto a Web site. You may only copy the contents of these CDs for personal non-commercial use.

For all CCEL CDs released after January 1, 2007:
These CDs are the results of many, many years of scanning, typing, formatting, proofing, doing markup and programming. The original versions of many of these works are in the public domain, but all the versions on these CDs are copyrighted by virtue of the editing and mark up applied to the text. Under no circumstances may these CDs be mounted onto a Web site. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

ESV Bible

Scripture quotations marked "ESV" are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.