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Work Made for Hire
As defined in Section 101 of the 1976 Copyright Act, this is a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his/her employment, or a work specially ordered or commissioned for use by another person in accordance with a written document as a contribution to a collective work, motion picture, audio/visual and other certain types of works, the nature of which is specifically defined in Section 101 of the Copyright Act. In the case of a work made for hire the employer is considered the author of the work under the Copyright Act (and unless the parties agree, otherwise owns all the rights in the work).... | Read More
Synchronization Right

The exclusive right of a copyright owner, granted by the Copyright Act, to authorize the recording of a musical work onto the soundtrack of an audio/visual work. The song is synchronized with images on the screen, hence the name.

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Is closed captioning allowable with WORSHIPcast?
Closed captioning is outside the scope of rights we can extend through our WORSHIPcast License.
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Does PERFORMmusic cover the use of streaming services such as XM satellite radio, Pandora, Spotify, etc. that are played on the church premises?
Yes.... | Read More
Why is a master license needed to stream master recordings, but not to play them in public?

There is no license required for performance of sound recordings that are not digital (i.e. internet and digital radio) transmissions. 

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Q: What Is the Poor Man's Copyright?
A: Sometimes individuals, churches, or ministries try to circumvent the formal copyright registration process by using a “poor man’s copyright.” Essentially, this practice entails sending a copy of your work to yourself. Under federal copyright law, there is no such thing as a “poor man’s copyright.” Individuals should be cautioned from utilizing this type of procedure as it does not take the place of formal registration and does not afford the same benefits as formal registration.... | Read More
Church Blanket Licenses
Brief explanation of the four church blanket licenses and what they cover.... | Read More
How do I get my "personal" songs that I have written protected by a copyright? We do them in church and other churches use them, but I would like them
The short and simple answer is that the copyright on your song is secured automatically as soon as you "fix it in a tangible medium of expression;" e.g., such as a song sheet, songbook, CD, cassette, MP3, etc. No registration with the Copyright Office is required to protect your song, but there can be advantages to registering it with the Copyright Office. Although it’s not required, it is highly recommended that you include a copyright notice, consisting of the “c in a circle” ©, the year of creation or first publication, and your name or your publishing company name (if applicable) in order to notify the general public that you are claiming original authorship in the song.
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The supervising for a fee (generally a percentage of income), usually by a major music publisher, of a smaller music publisher's financial and copyright matters regarding one or more songs or an entire catalog. The administrator does not necessarily own a share of the copyright, although one co-publisher could administer another co-publisher's share.... | Read More
The payment in advance of royalties to be earned in the future, and recouped by offsetting those future earned royalties against the money advanced. Advances are usually non-refundable.... | Read More

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