As a church communications director, I get questions weekly on copyright issues. What are we allowed to do? How far can we push the envelope before we’re breaking the law?
I’ve always been a little more “spirit-of-the-law” instead of “letter-of-the-law”, but I’m not sure many entities care about your intentions when you infringe on their rights. Cleve talked about this a couple of months ago: God Squad vs Trademark Law.
But luckily, there are lots of great resources now – several included here in another MediaBLEEP post from early this year: Good Reads on Church Copyright Law.
Brand New Church Copyright Resource
There is a new resource just out, and it’s so important to stay current since things change so quickly (probably need to consider replacing your 1992 or 2001 copyright guides) – especially as church technology and online presence rapidly expands.
The newest resource from church attorney Richard Hammer: The Essential Guide to Copyright Law.
I know most of us do not use many real books for our research these days, but I’m looking forward to having a one stop reference guide on my desk.
Disclaimer: Since this book is so new, there aren’t many reviews out yet. I’m only trusting the long-standing reputation of Richard Hammer as a leading church law and tax expert.