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Copyright Q&A for February 2013

Copyright Q&A for February 2013

By Christian Copyright Solutions on February 14, 2013

Here is  a question we received for our monthly Copyright Q&A feature. Answers are provided by the CopyrightSolver.com Team. Feel free to submit your questions to us. We answer as many as we can here on our site once a month.


I recently repented and started buying CDs instead of getting them from friends and Internet. I love blessing others and giving them the CDs after I ripped them; now am I allowed to keep the files I ripped after I gave away the original CD?


We at Christian Copyright Solutions appreciate your willingness to ask the questions and make the changes, to begin to do things right.

Many people mistakenly believe that once they have purchased a CD it is theirs to use in whatever manner they wish. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The purchase of that CD allows you to listen to it for private use; it does not allow you to burn copies and share them.

So, the short answer is: No. You should not keep the files you ripped after you gave away the original CD.

When we rip songs from CDs, we are creating a second (or third or fourth…) copy of the song. In purchasing the CD, you purchased ONE copy. So any others that you created were created unlawfully. The exception is if you create a file version of a song from a CD you own, for personal use on your own digital device. An example of this would be creating an MP3 from a CD, so you can listen to a song on your iPod.

Reproduction is one of the six exclusive rights of copyright owners. Therefore, the copyright owner alone has the right to grant (or withhold) permission, and to be paid each time their work is reproduced.

Although a copyright is an intangible, intellectual property, it does in fact have many similarities to a physical property, such as a house.

  • You can sell your house and you can sell your song. For example, Michael Jackson bought several hundred Beatles songs for $47 million dollars.

  • You can own part of a house and you can own part of a song. Co-authors of a song have joint ownership of that song.

  • You can lease out your house and you can lease out use of your song. For example, you can license a website to use your song for a set time period.

  • Like a house, you can inherit a song from a favorite aunt or donate a song to your church.

It’s wonderful to want to be a blessing to others! When you acquire music properly, you will certainly be a blessing to the songwriters who bless you, by contributing to the continuation and growth of their ministries!

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

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