How do I get permission to quote from one of your Bible translations (NKJV, NCV, ICB, The Voice, The Expanded Bible)?
Posted by David Milling on 09 January 2012 01:26 PM

Bible Quotation Policy: NKJV, NCV, ICB, Expanded Bible, and The Voice™

The below applies to any Bible of the New King James Version (NKJV), New Century Version (NCV), International Children’s Bible (ICB), Expanded Bible, or The Voice.

Written permission is always required if you are writing a book or developing any form of product that uses Scripture. If you need written permission, you may download the Word document at the bottom of this FAQ.

Questions: contact us.

Fair Use Guidelines: (all must apply)

  • No more than 250 verses quoted in total.
  • Scripture does not make up more than 25% of the total text.
  • Scripture does not account for an entire book of the Bible.
  • All Scripture must be properly cited (see below).

Scripture from any of the Thomas Nelson translations may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio) up to two Hundred fifty (250) verses or less without written permission, as long as the Scripture does not make up more than 25% of the total text in the work and the Scripture is not being quoted in commentary or another Biblical reference work.  If an entire book of the Bible is being reproduced, regardless of verse count, written permission is required.

Not covered by Fair Use:

  • Scripture on a product in which the verse stands alone such as artwork, notecards, crafts, novelty products, jewelry. (Fees may apply. Download the Word document at the bottom of this FAQ.) 
  • Use of charts, maps, illustrations, footnotes, study notes, reference material, and the like. (Fees may apply. Download the Word document at the bottom of this FAQ.) 
  • Fair use guidelines do not apply to smart phone applications, media platforms, websites, or related digital products. (For this kind of use, download the Word document at the bottom of this FAQ.)
  • For all requested musical uses, please complete the permission form (download the PDF document at the bottom of this FAQ).
  • If you are interested in using an entire book of the Bible or an entire Bible translation, please contact the licensing department.

Please note: Churches requesting to use a small selection of material for church bulletins, sermons or classroom use that falls within our “fair use” guidelines, formal written permission is not necessary. Churches may use stand-alone quotations/scriptures in sermons, bulletins, newsletters, or projected in a worship setting without asking written permission provided the translation is correctly cited.

Copyright Notices:

NKJV: Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

NCV: Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

ICB: Scripture taken from the International Children's Bible®. Copyright © 1986, 1988, 1999 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Voice:  Scripture taken from The Voice™. Copyright © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Expanded Bible: Scripture taken from The Expanded Bible. Copyright ©2011 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Word of Promise™: Thomas Nelson has very rigid restrictions placed on the use of the Word of Promise™ Audio Bible. Unfortunately, we do not have the rights to allow any third party use of this product. We are unable to grant any permission requests, including but not limited to broadcast use or website streaming uses.

 

Questions about the policy or the specific use: All permission discussions must be handled in writing.

Thomas Nelson Permissions

Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Attn: Permissions

PO Box 141000

Nashville, TN 37214 


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