What is a Copyright?
It’s important to understand the basic building blocks of US Copyright Law and how
it impacts your church or ministry. In Part 1 of the Copyrights 101 series, Susan
Fontaine Godwin explains and defines a copyright and how the US constitution promotes
and protects the rights of the owner of intellectual property.
What Can Be Copyrighted?
Part 2 of Copyrights 101 explains exactly what types of creative works can be copyrighted
under the US Copyright Law. You will learn there are eight types of works that are
copyrightable and what is required to copyright them. You will also find out what
can’t be copyrighted.
This video defines the six exclusive rights of the copyright owner and how those
rights impact churches and ministries and their uses of copyrighted material. Susan
Fontaine Godwin explains and defines the rights to reproduce, perform, distribute,
display, make a derivative and perform a digital recording.
What’s a PRO?
ASCAP, BMI and SESAC…who are they and what do they do for songwriters and
publishers? This video explains how these three US performance rights organizations
work for writers and publishers to protect their rights and collect royalties on
their behalf. We also look at what types of church activities require performance
Performance Rights Myths
There are a lot of myths surrounding copyrighted material and its use in the church.
We address some the the most common myths we come across, along with explanations,
to better inform the Christian community of its requirements and responsibilities
when performing and play copyrighted music.
Mechanical & Sync Licenses
You will learn details about the two most common licenses required to reproduce
copyrighted music: 1) the mechanical license for making audio recordings; and 2)
the synchronization license for recording or syncing music with audiovisual material.
Keeping Webcasts Legal
Webcasting is a great way to stream your worship where people live. Learn how to
limit your church’s or ministry’s liabilities and risks when you webcast in this
video as we outline the types of copyrights that require licensing, how to obtain
coverage and make sure you protect your church with consent and release forms.
Blanket licenses provide churches and ministries with a simple and cost-efficient
method for copyright compliance. The licenses allow different uses and cover various
types of creative works, such as songs, sound recordings and videos.This video details
the copyright types and rights that are included in each license, addresses confusing
points and clarifies what is and is not covered by each license.