License and copyright information

Although theWord is free, it is copyrighted software.
The following license can also be accessed from within the program from the menu Help -> About.


Official distributions

According to the license (read below), it is illegal to distribute theWord on any medium unless it is done only in non-branded media (e.g. non-branded CDs) for private non-profit use.

For any official distribution an official permission is required. Here are the official distributions that are used that are legal and have obtained a proper permission. If you have a CD that does not belong to any of these cases, it is probably a non-permitted distribution. Please, report it here.


License (as included in the program itself)

In the beginning was theWord® - License agreement

This Software (In the beginning was theWord, abbreviated theWord) is copyrighted.

© 2003-2012 - Costas Stergiou

Please read this license agreement carefully. You may only use theWord if you agree to the entire license agreement.

The Author of this Software (referenced throughout this license agreement) is Costas Stergiou.

The copyright applies to all the program files (e.g. the theword.exe file, language translation files etc), all documentation accompanying this program, and all add-ons (Bible and Book module add-ons). In general, all files that can be downloaded from the official website ( are under this license agreement, unless otherwise stated in individual licenses of add-on modules (this applies particularly to add-on modules that are copyrighted by their authors and/or publishers).

theWord is free software (free to use). This means that the Software is available for use without any charge attached to it. theWord is not open source software. The source code is not free or available to download or view.

This license is designed to ensure that theWord remains free for everyone and is not used in any way to promote any profit generating activities that are outside the scope of the Software. Exceptions to this rule apply only if there is a written agreement with the Author of the Software. 

You can copy theWord freely for personal use and give it away to friends, relatives, etc., as long as you do not charge for it in any way. You may not charge for duplication costs, media costs, or even postage costs. If you undertake the task of giving copies of theWord to others, you must do it for free. You may not sell or resell this program or distribute it as a part of a commercial package or any other profit generating activity, even if the distribution is free. You may not bundle the Software (even if the media is free) with any other product (e.g. enclose in a book, distribute with tracts) or make it appear that the Software is an add-on, bonus pack, extra-service, etc., that the end-user gets as a bonus for any service, product, activity of yours.

You may not host theWord software executable files, installation files, or any other official files that can be found at the official website ( on your website. You may not post any files or archives containing the Software itself or any other files related to the Software in any software repository, peer-to-peer network, or other file-sharing website or program.

theWord is designed in a way so that it can be extended with add-on modules. The structure of add-on files (Bibles, Books, language files, etc) is open and documented in order to allow you to compile your own modules or build utilities and auxiliary programs to enhance the functionality of the Software. You may not charge for add-on modules or auxiliary utilities without written permission from the Author. Under the spirit of this clause, you may examine and/or reverse engineer the structure of add-on modules in order to create your own modules. You may not reverse-engineer the program binary file (theword.exe) or any encrypted module. Some modules are encrypted to protect their copyrighted content from unauthorized duplication. You must respect this protection and not attempt to copy, extract, modify, and/or reuse such content. If you are unsure about copyrights and/or this protection, please contact the Author ([email protected]).

The origin of this Software must not be misrepresented. You must not claim that you wrote this Software. If you choose to redistribute the Software as part of an "official" package (e.g. your own CD compilation with a custom CD cover or label) you must:

1.   State clearly on the CD itself (and the cover if applicable) that the Software is not written by you

2.   Place a link to in a noticeable area on the CD label and cover

3.   Contact the Author ([email protected]) to obtain written permission. All valid electronic media distributions of the Software (e.g. CD, DVD, USB flash drive, etc.) will be listed, along with a picture of the actual media, on a noticeable area on the official website (  so users will know whether or not the distribution is legal.

This Software is provided by the Author "as is". Any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed. In no event shall the Author or contributors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of, or inability to use, this Software, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.

I, Costas Stergiou (the Author), reserve the right to make exceptions to any of these conditions, or alter these conditions, at any time. For every exception to the above rules, a notice will be available at the official website at If you are aware that any of these terms have been violated, please refer to the previous link and report it.

Costas Stergiou
[email protected]


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