FROM: GBOD, The General Board of Discipleship, Nashville
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, â€œViolations 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 at http://www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=45065&loc_id=17,19
No. In fact, many Annual Conferences have been collecting health insurance premiums and pension contributions through direct billing for a number of years.
Yes, in most cases. The local church will still need to pay the health insurance premiums and pension contributions directly through the billing system, but the apportionment amount of most churches was reduced.
Yes, and this is exactly what we have been doing. However, the number of churches who say they cannot pay their apportionments is increasing, while the number of churches that do pay apportionments has been decreasing. At this rate, only a few churches will be paying for the churches which claim they are unable to pay their apportionments. In order to best fund mission and ministry, a change is needed.
You can perform the work live in your worship service, but you need permission (usually in the form of a license) to publish that performance online.
Yes. This enables the person to know you are updating the background check.
Yes. From the Assemblies of God and Seventh Day Adventist to the United Church of Christ and Roman Catholic dioceses, captives have become important mechanisms through which the church controls her destiny by assuming some risk, accumulating significant capital (that otherwise would go to the insurance carrier as profit) and building strong risk management systems to minimize the risk of loss overall. A captive enables a church to do ministry and to do it as the church envisions it without ministry having to be shaped or limited by the concerns of a for-profit insurance carrier.
Since most church events are public, you do not need to obtain permission to take people's photos. If you are concerned about permission, then get it if you are going to use a photo of an individual. However, if you are using a group photograph taken at a public event, you do not need to obtain permission.
However, you do want to have a policy about how you identify children and youth. One suggestion is to not identify children ages 3 or younger by name, identify older children by first name only. Adults may be identified with full names. If you are taking photos of children with special needs, you may need to obtain permission.
If your church is using music with words printed in the bulletin, you need a CCLI license or another music license.
The Christian Copyright License allows you to reproduce the words to music covered under the licensing agreement on overhead projectors, in PowerPoint presentations for multi-media worship, or in your bulletin. You may find out more about the CCLI license at www.ccli.com/index.cfm.
OneLicense.net is a new copyright licensing venture that offers a multi-publisher annual copyright reprint license for churches. The OneLicense list of publisher-members already reads like the "who's who" of church music publishing, with new publishers signing on every month.
This Internet-based operation allows churches to obtain one-time or annual licenses and rto eport all titles used directly on the impressive OneLicense.net website. License fees are equitably based upon the size of the congregation. Find out more at www.onelicense.net.
To determine the current copyright status of any hymn or song, you need to know the following:
Each person's record has a place to enter a death date. For people who held a leadership assignment until their death, you can update them with a death date and give them an end date on the position.
For people who died previously, send their names in an e-mail to Traci Herndon at email@example.com to have their local church leadership history removed and a death date assigned.
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Service by United Methodist Communications enables churches and groups of churches to obtain licenses to show home videocassettes and DVDs of motion pictures. The service is the result of an agreement between UMCom and Christian Video Licensing International. Under this agreement, UMCom will process orders, collect fees (based on membership figures) and distribute the licensing. Churches with 49 or fewer members pay an annual fee of $45; 50 to 199 members, $75; 200-499, $150; 500 or more, $200.
The fees will cover Christian Video Licensing International's full producers' list, including its Family Values selection and provide legal coverage for religious institutions to show clips or complete motion pictures in a variety of activities. The organization's Web site (www.cvli.org) includes a comprehensive list of studios and producers covered by the licensing agreements.
Licenses are available through UMCom's toll-free Customer Service number, (888) 346-3862, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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