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Copyright Q&A for 4/26/12

Copyright Q&A for 4/26/12

By Christian Copyright Solutions on April 26, 2012

Here is  a question we received for our bi-weekly Copyright Q&A feature. Answers are provided by the CopyrightSolver.com Team. Feel free to email us your questions to copyright[at]allaboutworship.com or tweet them to @allaboutworship w/ hashtag #copyright. We answer as many as we can here on our site, every other Thursday.


My ministry leaders want to show slide shows with songs. I understand that, if we put it all together on a DVD, we'll need sync licensing for each song and, if we use master recordings, master sync licenses. Does the same hold true if we simply provide an MP3 of the song to be played at the same time the slides are shown?


When you create a video that synchronizes visuals with copyrighted audio content, synchronization licenses should be obtained from the owners of all copyrighted content in your video. However, if you play the visual and audio content simultaneously but separately, a synchronization license is not required. Keep in mind though, it is still important to have the proper performance licenses for the copyrighted music content that you play as your visuals are presented. For non-profit religious organizations, you can secure the performance licensing you need using CopyrightSolver's PERFORMmusic License.

The CopyrightSolver answers provided are information, not legal advice. For more information and resources, including fact sheets, videos and idea kits, visit www.CopyrightSolver.com. Use promo code “ABOUTWORSHIP” to receive 10% off the PERFORMmusic and WORSHIPcast licenses and the PERMISSIONSplus service.

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