Q: What steps should our music ministry take to avoid copyright-related lawsuits?

A: Gain permission from the owner for the proposed use of any copyrighted materials before using them.

You should consider the impact of copyright laws before you:

  • Use media such as movie clips, computer graphics, or sound bites in your ministry.
  • Show a film to a group at church.
  • Copy sheets of music for your music ministry team.

How Best to Comply

The best way to comply with copyright law is to not use a photograph, song, film, or computer-generated image without permission for the proposed use. You have several options available to avoid copyright infringement, including the purchase of a blanket license that applies to several works for a specific use.

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