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Permissions

 

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) owns the copyright on the New American Bible, revised edition translation. The copyright allows the owner to protect the integrity of the text so that individuals may not introduce changes without permission. Royalty fees earned by licensing the text to companies who publish and sell Bibles help to provide funds for Scripture scholarship and other educational needs.

The CCD's permission policies cover the following areas:

One-time print use (such as in a worship program for a special liturgy)

  • No written permission is required for one-time use.
  • The official liturgical text must be followed. All excerpts must be verbatim from the text, including capitalization and punctuation. The poetic structure of those readings written in verse (for example, Psalms, Wisdom, Isaiah, etc.) must be preserved in verse as printed.
  • The appropriate acknowledgment must be printed either beneath the reading(s) or with the other acknowledgments:

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

 

Use of Readings in Worship Aids on a Regular Basis:

  • A written agreement is required to reproduce the readings in worship leaflets, bulletins, parish hymnals, etc. on a regular basis.
  • The annual license fee varies based on the number of copies made each week.
  • A license may be requested by emailing the following information: Contact person, parish name, parish address, phone number, number of copies printed each week, proposed start date.
  • The official liturgical text must be followed. All excerpts must be verbatim from the text, including capitalization and punctuation. The poetic structure of those readings written in verse (for example, Psalms, Wisdom, Isaiah, etc.) must be preserved in verse as printed.
  • The appropriate acknowledgment must be printed either beneath the reading(s) or with the other acknowledgments:

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

 

Publication of materials using excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass:

  • Permission must be requested for any use exceeding 5,000 words from the Lectionary for Mass or any use which reprints more than 40% of the readings for a rite or season.
  • The official liturgical text must be followed. All excerpts must be verbatim from the text, including capitalization and punctuation. The poetic structure of those readings written in verse (for example, Psalms, Wisdom, Isaiah, etc.) must be preserved in verse as printed.
  • The appropriate acknowledgment must be printed either beneath the reading(s) or with the other acknowledgments:

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • The use of the text in liturgical books and leaflets may require approval by the Secretariat for the Liturgy, a license agreement, and payment of a permission fee, regardless of the amount of text used.
  • If you have any questions regarding use of the Lectionary for Mass, please contact the Associate Director or 202-541-3098, or by postal mail at  

    Associate Director, Permissions
    CCD
    3211 Fourth Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20017-1194
  • Other Mass texts are copyrighted by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Information about that organization's permission policy is available.

 

New American Bible (NAB)

  • No permission is required for use of less than 5,000 words of the NAB in print, sound, or electronic formats (for web usage, see below) provided that such use comprises less than 40% of a single book of the Bible and less than 40% of the proposed work.
  • Permission must be requested for use of more than 5,000 words from the NAB (or when the use comprises more than 40% of a single book of the Bible or more than 40% of the proposed work).
  • A copy of the manuscript pages that contain Scripture selections should be sent to:

    Associate Director, Permissions
    CCD
    3211 Fourth Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20017-1194
  • The Scripture citations should be highlighted and the reference citations must be clearly marked. The following information should be included: title, publisher, publisher address, publisher contact name, proposed publication date, print run, list price, length of work.
  • Manuscripts may be accepted electronically with prior authorization.
  • Permission is no longer granted to reproduce the 1970 New Testament (apart from in the Liturgy of the Hours).
  • All quotations must be verbatim from the text, including capitalization and punctuation. The poetic structure of some passages and books written in verse (for example, Psalms, Wisdom, Isaiah, etc.) must be preserved in verse as printed.
  • The appropriate copyright acknowledgment must be given:

Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • If you have any questions regarding use of the New American Bible, revised edition, please contact the Associate Director or 202-541-3098, or by postal mail at

    Associate Director, Permissions CCD
    3211 Fourth Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20017-1194

 

Web and other digital Media Usage

  • No permission or fee is needed to display the daily readings on a website through an RSS feed.


    E-books and digital applications for sale or for free distribution require a license and a royalty payment or permissions fee. To obtain a license, please contact the Associate Director or 202-541-3098, or by postal mail at


    Associate Director, Permissions CCD
    3211 Fourth Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20017-1194

  • Permission may not be granted to podcast the complete NAB (or complete books of the NAB) or the daily or Sunday readings or  Permission may not be granted for display or projection of the readings (on screens, walls, etc.) during liturgical services.


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