Why do you think it’s important for the Church to honor copyrights? Does that question come up often in your staff and worship meetings? When I teach at church conferences and talk to pastors and worship leaders, I hear a common chord…copyright compliance is one of the most enigmatic and puzzling issues facing church worship leaders and ministries today.
There are a myriad of questions that can often be confusing and overwhelming. So it’s really important to be clear on some solid reasons for promoting copyright compliance in your church.
Many Christian leaders have a vague sense of guilt when they’re burning CD copies, emailing MP3 files, or making photocopies of an octavo or songbook, but they often think, “Gosh, we’re a non-profit organization, we’re doing God’s work, and who’s going to know anyway?”
In our new 56-page eBook, we devote an entire chapter to that question and address seven key reasons for becoming copyright compliant. You can download “SOLVE THE PUZZLE OF COPYRIGHTS: Six Steps to Learning How to Do Music Right” for FREE and share with your team and other churches. You will learn the rationale for compliance from several perspectives, including legal, scriptural, ethical, witnessing and supporting songwriters. And you probably will want to add your own reason to this list.
Susan Fontaine Godwin is CCS’s founder/CVO, an educator and long-time member of the Christian arts community with 30 years of experience in the Christian media industry, church copyright administration and copyright management. Susan is an author and speaker and frequently writes for several Christian magazines and online publications. She serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Mobile.
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.