Questions About Copyright and Intellectual Property
May we copy material for use in our congregation?
Respect the author and musician! A copyright holder has five exclusive rights:
- Reproduce the work
- Prepare derivative works (works derived from the original work such as abridgments, translations, or other adaptations)
- Distribute the work
- Perform the work
- Display the work
Copyright need not be a roadblock!
How do I request permission?
Augsburg Fortress Publishers have established clear guidelines on how to acquire permission to use copyrighted material.
In order to apply for permission to use copyrighted material, first prepare answers to the following:
- What you want to use? Title, author or composer, pages or hymn numbers, copyright year, code number, a description of what is to be used (exact sentences, paragraphs, stanzas).
- How it will be used? The rights requested (one-time event, permanent publication), intended audience, number of copies to be made, format (worship folder, songbook, textbook), name and date of the event (as appropriate).
- Who you are? Name, address, phone number of the church, school, or other organization, as well as the same information for the contact person making the request.
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