The United Kingdom is the only country where the King James Version (also known as the KJV, the Authorised Version and the AV) of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer are not in the Public Domain. They fall under the Royal Prerogative. This is technically different from copyright but the practical effect is the same, with the copyright being held by the Crown. I propose that we remove the Royal Prerogative from these books and put them into the Public Domain.

Why is this idea important?

Volunteers from every other country can record MP3 versions for Librivox.org that the public can download for free, but not volunteers from the country which gave these major works of literature and spirituality to the world. Every other country’s publishers can publish these books without seeking royal permission, including Commonwealth countries. It’s time for the UK to have the same freedoms as the rest of the world!

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