Understanding Copyright

Copyright Notice

IMAGERY - All images and graphics used on this website have been carefully chosen and the URC Eastern Synod has full copyright permission to use them on this website. The images and graphics on this website have been obtained via a mixture of stock imagery (paid licences), individual photographers (who have approved usage of their photography on our website) and also various licence-free websites (images that do not carry any copyright conditions). For logos and branding graphics we always try to obtain permission and guidance where possible, however if there are any signs of misuse of logos and branding please do contact our website administrator who will be able to assist in this matter.

GENERAL CONTENT - Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited other than the following:

You may print or download to a local hard disk extracts for your personal and non-commercial use only. You may copy the content to individual third parties for their personal use, but only if you acknowledge the website as the source of the material. You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.

Why is Copyright important?

Copyright is complicated and not following it can result in you breaking the law! We hope this free guide, which, whilst not claiming to be a definitive guide, will help you navigate your way through the potential minefield of copyright law and how it affects churches.

copyright-booklet-2020Increasingly we are using online platforms for services and groups and we may need a streaming licence in addition to the licences we use in the church building. The Synod office and local churches often reproduce images, whether as part of a PowerPoint presentation or in paper form. It is important that when we do so we add words that properly attribute any copyright relating to it. This will apply to any images that churches reproduce for their own use and also to any items sent to the Synod office for us to use e.g. by uploading to our website

The communications department at Church House has produced an information guide 'Getting to grips with copyright: A short guide for United Reformed churches'. This short guide, written by Andy Jackson, clearly and simply covers the major copyright issues and queries that churches face – including a run-down on the most common licences; what to do if your church wants to show a TV broadcast or a film; and what you need to know about copying and photocopying from magazines, newspapers and books. 

Download the full version of this Getting to grips with copyright guide as a PDF - it includes copyright source contacts and a quick guide to CCLI Licences  As many of you will already know, agencies exist, such as the Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) and One License (formerly Calamus). These companies offer a variety of licences that cover a range of copyrighted material that is often used by churches. 

Website: Getting to grips with copyright

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