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Church Copyright Fact Files

These printable information sheets are designed to help you and others in your team or congregation understand the copyright implications of common church activities.


Audio/Video Recording at Church

Covers recording live music (worship), dubbing, weddings, concerts and permission from contributors.

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Fair Dealing and Free Use of Copyright Works

What is Fair Dealing? This fact-file also covers provisions for the visually impaired, format-shifting and file-sharing.

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Licence Concessions

Combined Licences, Mobile Licences, Itinerant Licences and Central Payment agreements.

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Photocopying/Sharing Files (Reproducing Typography)

The copyright implications of photocopying, scanning and file-sharing typeset documents and files.

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Playing and Performing Music in Church

Covering the performance of live music and recorded music, film soundtracks, music on-hold, musicals and more.

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Reproducing/Projecting Hymns and Worship Songs

When is permission required? This fact-file also covers song reproduction formats, copyright lines and changing song words.

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Showing Films at Church

What you need to know about showing film scenes in services, using films for outreach and social activities, advertising a church film night and showing programmes recorded from TV.

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The Church and the Internet

Covering web-streaming your church services, uploading podcasts, using YouTube, downloading photos and more.

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TV Broadcasting, Satellite and Cable

Covers the receiving of TV broadcasts at church, digital TV shown in public, subscription channels, socials and time-shifting.

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Weddings and Funerals

This fact-file considers the use of Liturgy, hymns and music, scripture texts and music performance during a wedding service as well as recording the ceremony.

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Writing Songs for your Church

How to protect your songs, your rights, publishing your songs and making new arrangements of copyrighted songs.

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