Copyrights, Music and Worship


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Lots of questions have been coming in regarding copyrights and music for online video of worship services.   I’m not a lawyer, but I will tell you my understanding from experience as a television producer.  If you have copyrighted music in your online worship videos you need to secure permission from the copyright holder.

There are music licenses out there you can purchase, see links below.   The companies that issue these are on top of the changing technology.   OneLicense.net now has a “podcasters” license that “gives you the right to Podcast worship services that include music from our participating Member Publishers.”   If anyone has done the research to see what content from our Hymnals are  in various licenses, please let us know.  It would be great if this information was widely available.

Related Links

UUA Worship Web: Copyright Issues and Worship
http://www.uua.org/spirituallife/worshipweb/143066.shtml

ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers)
http://www.ascap.com/

OneLicense.net (Licensing of hymn texts, hymn tunes, and songs for worship)
http://onelicense.net/

CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International)
http://www.ccli.com/

The Church Musician and the Copyright Law
http://www.presbymusic.org/ProfCopyright.htm

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