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CRT Communications Resourcing Team announce Video Copyright Guidelines for Pastors & Church Workers:

John Gauthier, radical hospitality coordinator
(410) 309-3400
(800) 492-2525, Ext. 400

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FROM: GBOD, The General Board of Discipleship, Nashville
I returned last week from the 2007 national convocation of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Among other things, I taught two classes on copyright and licensing for church musicians and pastors. One of the questions that always comes up in these classes is “Are they enforcing these laws? Is anyone being caught and going to jail?”  The answer to both questions is “Yes.” An Associated Press release in this morning’s (8/1/07) Nashville newspaper, The Tennessean, (p.2E) reports that local authorities recently arrested a man who copied hundreds of CDs and DVDs and was selling them from the trunk of his car. He was sentenced in Federal Court this week to 10 months in prison for copyright violation. At the time of his arrest, authorities found more than 500 copied recordings and films in his car, along with recording equipment powered by his car battery, blank CDs and DVDs, some of which were still being shown in theaters, plus $11,000 worth of illegally recorded CDs and DVDs and $10,000 in cash. The copies will be destroyed and the cash paid to the victim industries as restitution.  The U.S. Attorney said, “Violations of intellectual property crimes and copyright laws such as this occupy a high priority with both the Department of Justice and this U.S. Attorney’s office in particular….”What does this mean for local churches? It means that if you are doing any of the following without the proper permissions or licenses, you’re in danger:

  • Showing videos at your church youth group, child care, camps, retreats, or Sunday Schools, even if those videos are legally rented or purchased.
  • Showing film clips in worship as sermon illustrations.
  • Video recording your worship services, choir concerts, children’s musicals, or anything else that contains copyrighted music.
  • Making audio recordings of services, concerts, musicals, or anything else that contains copyrighted music.
  • Making copies of original recordings of choir or solo music, accompaniment tracks, or by original artists, and giving or selling them to your choir members so that they can practice the music or learn their parts outside of rehearsal.
  • Selling or giving away audio or visual recordings containing copyrighted music, including to performers, parents, members, or shut-ins.
  • Making or allowing the making of audio or video recordings of weddings or funerals in your church that contain copyrighted music.
  • Radio broadcasting or TV telecasting, live or pre-recorded, of worship services containing copyrighted music.

Need help? Look at the information on the GBOD music Web site

Dean McIntyre,
Director of Music Resources
GBOD | The United Methodist Church
Nashville, TN 37203-0003
Toll-free: (877) 899-2780 Ext. 7073

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