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The legal and(/or) ethical protection of others creative work. There are many words, phrases, images, music, concepts, formulas, processes, and documents that are owned by individuals or companies.
On a small scale - dont copy someone elses work.
A large scale effort - secure permission to copy others work, and give them credit.
Benefits / Why Bother
A church should take care not to violate copyright law for legal, financial, publicity, and ethical reasons. Even if copyright protection isnt relevant or has expired, attribution -- give credit where credit is due -- is appropriate, as is avoidance of plagurism.
The copyright laws also benefit the church the properly used discourages others passing your own works off as their own without approval.
Step By Step Checklist
- is other-people's work credited/attributed?
- is it understood which materials may be reproduced and which cannot?
- are the ministers and staff setting the right example?
Where Do You Get
- Ccl licenses - reproduction rights license to many modern hymns
- Information on copyright issues related to music
- Information on copyright issues related to showing videos or DVDs
Do's And Dont's
- assume that printed material is copyrighted -- don't reproduce unless:
- you copy a small portion of the material for educational purposes
- you copy hymns from a hymnal you've purchased a like number
- Play a recording of your choir performing copyrighted music on your website without permission of the copyright holder.
. Duplicate and distribute recordings of your choir performing copyrighted music without permission of the copyright holder.