The following five handouts will provide: (1) an overview of copyright law; (2) an explanation of the “fair use” rule; (3) a description of exceptions that are available for religious services; (4) specifics on how and when a church can display a copyrighted work; and (5) a look at options that enable and empower churches in the area of copyright.
We hope this material equips your leaders as they provide high-quality ministry without risking the integrity of your church.
Copyright Law 101
These laws affect churches at every turn. Here’s what you need to know about them.
What Does “Fair Use” Mean for Churches?
Don’t assume that “fair use” protects your church from copyright infringement.
The Religious Services Exemption
Churches can use copyrighted material in a service, but under these conditions.
Can I Use This Image?
What you need to know about the lawful display of a copyrighted work.
Exceptions to the Rules
You can legally use copyrighted works if the use falls under these conditions.
Develop a stronger understanding of copyright law with these resources.