The world of copyright compliance can be a murky one for churches. What music can we print, and when and where can we print it? Do we need different licenses for performing a piece during a play, as opposed to during worship? And what about broadcasting of copyrighted material? Is there one license that covers EVERYTHING?
We’re often left with more questions than answers. That’s why it’s important to do your research when it comes to copyright questions. Here are a few resource recommendations to get started.
- Janet Peyton, a member of St. James’s, Richmond and chair of the intellectual property, data and privacy transactions practice at McGuire Woods, prepared this basic primer on Copyright Laws & Compliance for the Diocese a couple of years ago. It’s packed with useful information.
- Christian Copyright Solutions has a learning center, complete with free videos, providing some basic info regarding “blanket licenses,” common myths about church copyright performance rights and more. They also have a frequently updated blog.
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