In connection with a post I wrote last week entitled—Has Wayne Grudem Been the Victim of Internet Pirates?—I can now confirm that the website offering a free electronic copy of his Systematic Theology is indeed theft.
Many bloggers were taken in by this scam. Although I was always suspicious of the site because of its numbers-only URL, I can see how easily bloggers could have innocently passed along such a link. Most have already removed their links. If you are a blogger and have yet to take it down, please do so now. I attach a public announcement from the publisher of the Logos electronic version of Grudem’s epic work:
It has recently come to the attention of Wayne Grudem and myself that an illegal copy of his “Systematic Theology” has been posted on the Internet and that word of this, along with links to the site where the illegal copy is posted, has found its way to many Christian blog sites. I am working with Dr. Grudem to contact all sites that have links to this illegal copy of his book to ask them to remove the links immediately.
Dr. Grudem and I jointly hold the copyright to all electronic versions of his “Systematic Theology.” My company, Bits & Bytes, Inc., is the publisher of the Libronix, PC Study Bible, Pradis, and Olive Tree versions of this book. Posting a complete copy of “Systematic Theology” online is intellectual property theft — a federal crime. Posting a link to the illegal copy or a link to a link is at the very least directing people to stolen goods.
On behalf of Dr. Grudem and myself, we respectfully request that all links to, and all links to links to, the illegal copy of “Systematic Theology” that is on the Internet be removed from all Christian blog sites.
Thank you for honoring this request.
John Hughes, President