Copyright Resources for Churches
For information on issues of copyright laws and compliance, you may find the following resources helpful. This list is only intended to be an overview and provide information. It is not legal advice. If you find additional resources that you have found informative or supportive, please let us know. FMI: contact Barbara Martin at .
Copyright Guidelines for Churches: Reproducing and Using Printed Materials, Music and Media Used with permission of Leader Resources.
Showing Movies in Churches information from Church Publishing Inc.
Why Churches Need to Consider Copyright Laws from Church Pension Group.
Copyright Fact Sheets From Christian Copyright Solutions, "Copyright compliance can often be complex, confusing and overwhelming, and church leaders just want to understand the facts about Copyright Law and how it impacts their ministry. An important part of CCS’s mission is to provide education for the Christian community, and we have compiled a library of Copyright Fact Sheets in PDF format so you can easily download and share them with your staff and colleagues....." Download Copyrights 101, Church Copyright Guide, 6 Myths about Copyrights that put your Church at Risk ...plus 5 other "Fact Sheets". Search the blog from Christian Copyright Solutions (includes an article on Common Copyright Mistakes).
With our thanks, the following easy-to-read, three-part series is shared with the permission of the author, David Posteraro, Esq. and The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio:
The Riteseries online by Church Publishing contains RiteSong...an online music library.....Purchase a single song's music and lyrics or subscribe for annual unlimited downloads....a license is included.... you can make copies of musical pieces for your congregation without having to write or call each copyright holder or report song usage. Purchase of ritesong does not include a choral music license.