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Copyright Q&A for October 2012

Copyright Q&A for October 2012

By Christian Copyright Solutions on October 18, 2012

Here is  a question we received for our monthly 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 once a month.

Question
What copyright issues should our church be concerned about as we plan our Christmas production?

Answer
Here are some key issues you’ll need to keep in mind as you seek to share the joy of Christmas with your congregations and communities, and our ideas on how to make sure your church productions are copyright compliant.

It’s important to understand and fully utilize church copyright blanket licenses.

A Performance Facilities and Event License is necessary for most Christmas programs. The CopyrightSolverPERFORMmusic license is the only one-stop Church Performance License available in the U.S. and covers 16 million songs from the catalogs of ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.

If you want to webcast or stream your program online, you’ll need a Music Internet Performance License. CCLI’s Streaming License covers 200,000 Christian songs, and the CopyrightSolverWORSHIPcast License covers 16 million songs, including Christian and secular seasonal songs.

For more information on blanket licenses, go to:http://www.copyrightsolver.com/docs/factsheets/FactSheet-ChurchBlanketLicenses.pdf

Recording requires additional licensing.

If you plan to record your program (audio or video), obtain Mechanical and Synchronization Licenses for all copyrighted music and sound recordings. You can obtain these licenses on your own or through CopyrightSolver’s online PERMISSIONSplus Service.

Don’t assume all Christmas songs are in the public domain.

Many Christmas songs are copyrighted and owned by secular companies and require permission. For a list of secular Christmas songs, go to:http://www.copyrightsolver.com/docs/factsheets/FactSheet-SecularChristmasSongs.pdf

Get the proper participant consent.

Be sure to get signed consent and release forms from any participants (staff or volunteers) who will appear in your production. This is especially important for any children or minors.

Download a FREE copy of the CopyrightSolver Christmas Production Idea Kit 

This 26-page guide is full of Christmas compliance recommendations and production planning ideas. Keep it on hand as you plan your event.

If you still have questions, just ask.

CopyrightSolver experts are happy to assist you with your specific Christmas compliance questions. They can be reached by phone at 1-855-5SOLVER or at www.copyrightsolver.com,for live chat.

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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