4 Ways You Can Help Us Avoid Lawsuits and Fines
Did you know? Churches can and are sued for copyright* violations.
It is a copyright infringement, punishable by fine, to publicly share recorded video of musical or theatrical performance during worship services or other church activities.
You are welcome to take pictures or video of your children during a musical performance in our worship services or other church activities, but to help us (and you!) avoid costly lawsuits and fines, we encourage to you follow these steps:
- Do not videotape children or adults playing a song on a musical instrument, and upload it to Youtube, Facebook or any public social media site.
- Do not videotape children or adults singing a song, and upload it to Youtube, Facebook or any public social media site.
- Do not videotape children or adults performing a play or written script, and upload it to Youtube, Facebook or any public social media site.
- Do not copy, share or upload any image or video of any copyright protected materials, including, but not limited to pictures, images, movies, scripts, lyrics, scores or study materials. (Pictures are copyrighted to the person who took the picture. It is not legal to send, copy, post on a website or distribute a picture you didn’t take. If you “publish” a picture (e.g., on a website or in a newsletter) it is advisable to obtain a “model release” for individuals in the picture (or from their parents if they are minors) as well as permission from the photographer.)
*A copyright is “a legal device that provides the creator of a work of art or literature, or a work that conveys information or ideas, the right to control how the work is used.” ~ Stephen Fishman, Esq. The Copyright Handbook, 1996.