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Copyright Law for Churches

Description

The copyright laws of the United States govern the use of original works of authorship by any third parties. The Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, begins with the granting of all rights of copyright to the author and then enunciates certain limitations and exceptions to those rights. This workshop will discuss the application of those rights and limitations to churches and focus on exceptions to the rights of public performance and display and the right of reproduction, including the oft-cited doctrine of fair use.

Learning OBjectives

  1. The participant will understand the origin and why we have copyright laws.
  2. The participant will understand copyright issues in other countries. 
  3. The participant will understand the difference between an idea and an expression.
  4. The participant will be able to explain who owns a work.
  5. The participant will understand fair use and how it affects the work of the church.
  6. The participant will understand the religious services exception.
  7. The participant will be able to explain ownership of "work for hire" materials. 
  8. The participant will be able to explain what is necessary for transfer of copyright ownership. 
  9. The participant will understand how volunteer contributions are considered for copyright ownership in congregations. 
  10. The participant will know how to apply the term of copyright. 
  11. The participant will understand how to register a work. 
  12. The participant will learn the four factors for fair use.

CEU Information

This presentation qualifies for 0.2 CEU credit toward CCA certification and retention. Please  refer to certification guidelines to ensure you are in proper compliance for credit. After completing the course you will be offered a CEU request form to complete and make your request.

CPE credit is not available for e-lab programs.