In response to my post earlier this month on the TEC/Continuing Anglican property fight, hymn blogger Leland Bryant Ross posted a (slightly off-topic) comment about the current dispute over CyberHymnal. (Last month I linked to Ross’s blog post about Christmas carols, but I don’t link to his blog on the right side because we generally have divergent goals, in opposite corners of the church music 2x2.)
In his comment early this morning, Ross wrote
It is my hope that you will see the parallel between the unfairness of the court's decision, in this matter, and the unfairness of the ISP's hijacking of cyberhymnal.org, and that you will change your links to The Cyber Hymnal™ to point to its true current location at http://www.hymntime.com/tch/ rather than, as you currently have it, pointing to the ISP that stole the domain name from the actual hymnalist.Actually, I don’t see much of a parallel, but that doesn’t mean that I’d want to see important content hijacked.
From what I can find right now, this looks to be one of those he said, she said conflicts. The new home doesn’t say much about the conflict
Many have asked what will happen to the domain name “cyberhymnal.org.” the legal owner (Word.Net) is unwilling relinquish it, so we can’t use the old URL. In addition, our site search feature will not be fully functional until search engines have had time to re-index the site at its new URL.The most detailed discussion I could find of the dispute was in a series of reader comments to a Dec. 26 posting to the Reformed Angler, which includes a few readers who say they’ve corresponded with the anonymous (pseudonymous) CyberHymnal founder.
Please spread the word about the new URL & ask Web sites to update their links! God bless…
Taking the discussion as face value, it appears that some company at CyberHymnal.org will have the old content (perhaps with new organization), and another company (possibly aided by the original founder) will have the old content and newer content at HymnTime.com. Of course, the former will get all the website traffic and links for many years. The latter is calling itself TheCyberHymnal™ to create a new brand distinct from CyberHymnal.
I don’t know much beyond that: perhaps the full story will come out over time. Given that CyberHymnal.org is offline for now and TheCyberHymnal is developing new content, at Leland’s suggestion I’ve changed the link to the latter.