Every Church Needs a Copyright Cop
Posted on May 19, 2009
The good news? Churches know their moral obligation to honor those who produce copyrighted material. Honoring copyrights is a great opportunity for churches to "shine their light" to the world and present a model of righteousness in daily actions to the next generation. Though churches KNOW the importance of commitment to copyright compliance, many don’t know HOW to comply, often under the mistaken belief that a blanket license covers any and all uses of copyrighted material.
Education about copyright compliance should rest deep within the heart and soul of every church staff member involved with the use of copyrighted material. Once accomplished, the role of “Copyright Cop/Copyright Nazi” will pass the way of 8-track recordings!
There are many websites and resources that can help in the arduous task of educating all church staff members (www.copyright.gov; www.ccli.com; http://www.onelicense.net; www.soundexchange.org; www.cmpamusic.org). Christian Copyright Solutions presents monthly online educational webinars on a variety of copyright topics impacting churches and ministries.
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