If you’re like I am, I don’t always like to read the INSTRUCTION MANUAL. I’d prefer to jump in and try to figure something out on the fly. The problem is that I almost always find out I missed an important step in the process, and have to go back to square one and start over. It’s the same with understanding copyrights. If you miss any of the “basic building blocks,” you’re going to have trouble understanding what licenses you need. To avoid this mistake, church leaders need to have a firm grasp on three basic building blocks:
1) What is a copyright, and what works and rights do the U.S. Copyright Law protect.
2) What are the creative works that can be copyrighted
3) What are the exclusive rights of copyright owners and how do they impact the church’s use of copyrighted material.
Our FREE Fact Sheet on Copyrights 101 provides the basic building blocks you will need to establish a solid foundation to help you insure your copyright licensing requirements are covered. If you have any further questions, you can always call and get help from one of CCS’s reps at 855-576-5837.
About Christian Copyright Solutions: CCS’s quest is to help churches and Christian ministries “do music right.” CCS is an expert on church music copyrights and our primary focus is providing licensing and clear educational resources to churches, as well as representation, administration and advocacy for copyright owners. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only, and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.