Resources & Fair Use

For this online Bible School we used  freely available textbooks, articles and essays besides some original articles. We are offering high quality and carefully selected textbooks and sources, from different orthodox Protestant and evangelical perspectives.

Fair use of resources

Our course is based on a compilation of original materials from IFEBS and Yarah Ministries (Stg. BTO Yarah), freely available and public domain textbooks as well as textbooks licensed trough Creative Commons.

We have mirrored most of the files and resources (needed for the core of our program), after careful examing the copyright statements and law, that we have found to be offered as free downloads on several websites here and we mirror these texts and resources here on our server for several reasons:

1. many times we have noticed websites with valuable information and resources go “offline”, a ministry discontinued their program or did no longer continue to provide certain information, courses or lessons because of financial hardship, change in leadership, changing theological views, a website redesign (resulting in dead links) or just because they think it’s no longer useful. We’ve seen very valuable online teaching dissapear this way!

These resources have been lost forever and result in dead links on other sites. In cases like this, the student no longer has access to these valuable resources! To prevent this, we have mirrored the files (and sometimes link to the original sources also);

2. we don’t want to put a strain on the datatransfer of others by deeplinking to files offered as a free download by them – this would be ‘datatheft’. Not only could that cost them money, if downloads from deeplinks from our site result in high bandwith use it might even cause them to run out off bandwith and be suspended by their providers causing serious issues for their own online teaching ministry.

3. All materials here are mirrored for nonprofit educational purposes. The “fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.” (US Copyright Office). The Dutch citation rights also applies to some of the material and articles offered here.

Sharing Creative Commons License4. Likewise the original articles by IFEBS, offered as PDF-downloads, on this website can be downloaded and distributed for free.

All our original course materials on this website as well as the Bijbel College website are published under the Creative Commons 2.0 license. Feel free to download and share our original works as long as you share them for free. It is not allowed to sell them online nor in print.

We carefully selected only those resources that were offered as free downloads, are under the Creative Commons Licenses or are in the Public Domain. However, if you are the publisher of one of the resources and feel that we should not mirror your resources here, please contact us and we will remove the mirror and link to your site directly instead.