Copyright Guidelines for Churches

Disclaimer: The information provided in these guidelines is for information purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice. In the development of the guidelines, certain assumptions have been made about underlying practices and uses of intellectual property. Any change in those assumptions could affect the application of a particular guideline or recommended best practice. Therefore, while the information provided may assist a local church, it is not a substitute either for legal advice by an attorney with knowledge of copyright law or the written approval of specific copyright holders. If there is any doubt as to whether a specific use or practice violates copyright laws, the local church should seek the written advice of a lawyer or specific written approval of the particular use by the copyright holder or licensing agent. Further, the local church should maintain a copyright file that contains all written advice obtained from an attorney(s), all licenses/permissions for use of works, and records of any payments made to licensors or owners of copyrighted works.