A Mississippi woman is claiming a local Walgreens would not let her copy images of Bible Scripture, citing copyright laws.
Kelly Taylor, 46, of Gulfport, Miss., contacted her local Fox News station after being repeatedly told by her local Walgreens that they could not print images of Bible Scripture for her, citing copyright laws. Taylor told the local media outlet that she was hoping to make copies of two scripture passages to share with her Bible study group. She was first told via automated email that her images couldn't be printed due to a technical error. When she contacted the store's photo department, they said they could not print the photos due to copyright infringement.
"I told the lady my Father wrote them and who exactly would I get the approval from?" Taylor told the local Fox News. "I've seen so many Bible verses printed out – surely they didn't all get permission from the publisher."
As Fox News reports, after the article detailing Taylor's grievances ran, a Walgreens spokesperson reached out to both Taylor and the media outlet, saying the employee who chose not to print the images did not speak for the entire company.
The spokesperson added that the images Taylor wanted printed included landscape illustrations, and it's possible the employee did not want to infringe on an artist's copyright laws by printing them. Taylor was then allowed to print her images, free of charge, but she told the media outlet she thinks her incidence reflects on a larger issue regarding the Bible.
"We're praying that Walgreens learns that the Bible doesn't belong to anyone, it belongs to everyone," she told Fox News.