Are Millions of Pinners Guilty of Copyright Infringement?

May 28, 2014by Susan Fontaine Godwin
Are Millions of Pinners Guilty of Copyright Infringement?I’m a fan of Pinterest and indulge from time to time. Friends have reticently and half-heartedly asked me about potential copyright infringement issues in copying and pinning their favorite photos, painting, sayings and poems on their boards. I dutifully inform them that it is the act of copying an image, if it is copyrighted, that constitutes copyright infringement and the cost of breaking the federal law can be staggering – anywhere from $750 to $150,000 per offense...

Click-Copy-Paste Can Result in Danger of Copyright Infringement

May 05, 2014by Susan Fontaine Godwin
Click-Copy-Paste Can Result in Danger of Copyright InfringementI have talked to church leaders for years about what I call the “click-copy-paste syndrome" on their websites. The Internet has given people access to a myriad of images, photographs, literary works and many other copyrighted works. There’s a real danger in thinking that "if I can copy and paste something on the web, then it must be OK."   What people fail to realize is that there’s a good chance what they’re copying is someone else’s copyrighted work and req...

The Healthy Creative: Perspective from Randy Elrod

May 07, 2013by Randy Elrod
The Healthy Creative: Perspective from Randy ElrodWhen we're creative, we are most fully alive. The excitement of the lead worshiper, the musician at an instrument, the artist at the easel comes closest to the ideal fulfillment we all hope to get from life, and so rarely do.   Perhaps only sex, sports and religious ecstacy provide a similar sense of being part of something greater than ourselves. But creativity leaves an outcome, an artifact, that adds to the richness and complexity of humanity and the future. Healthy and produ...

NFL Helps Churches Host Legal XLVII Super Bowl Parties

February 01, 2013by Susan Fontaine Godwin
NFL Helps Churches Host Legal XLVII Super Bowl PartiesChurches across the U.S. are planning Super Bowl viewing parties this weekend with little worry or anxiety. But that hasn’t always been the case. A lot has changed over the past few years, and the NFL has made tremendous efforts working with churches to facilitate legal parties providing clear and simple guidelines.     The road to legal church viewing events of the NFL’s copyrighted broadcast was at times a harrowing and bumpy journey, but it’s a great illustratio...

NFL Official Statement Provides Rules for Church Super Bowl Parties

January 25, 2013by Susan Fontaine Godwin
NFL Official Statement Provides Rules for Church Super Bowl Parties   One of America’s most sacred holidays is fast approaching. The 47th National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl is just a few days away and many churches are preparing to host viewing parties. Many church leaders are concerned about what they need to do to host their Super Bowl parties without fear of penalties and interference from the NFL for copyright infringement. CopyrightSolver recently had a chance to ask an NFL representative regarding the NFL's policies for churches t...

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