Great information, thanks for sharing. Many times, like you said, these type things are done without knowing the rules. I have found over many years of working with churches and ministries concerning their tax-exempt status, that pastors and ministers have made many mistakes in this area due to just not knowing. Unfortunately what you don't know can hurt you. So it is always a good practice to seek advice.
Thanks Jan and this applies even if the person is useing no backing track or music whatsoever....Folks do not
realize that if they are just singing someone elses song and being paid to do it: then they in turn owe for the rights
to sing it...I Knew a fella who had his Christmas ruined for singing a bunch of country gospel tunes for a few dollars.
We after all are christians and should want to follow all of the Ten Comandments.....and I really don't think most
performers realize they are doing anything wrong....it is okay to by a Christian sound track and sing it at your church...
that is what they are for....but not to be used in a paid performance or to record.
Also , when recording, you have to obtain a mechanical license to do a cover on someones copyright.
As I told you earlier today...I found a website on Google a couple weeks ago that was selling downloads of an entire
album of mine and I never heard of the people involved...We are called to be in the world but not of the world...as
believers we ought not to be nieve...we need to be watchful and do the right things...Bro Steven
Thank you Genevia for joining this discussion...your input is valuable and folks need to know this information not
have to wonder about the right or wrong of it...it can only be one or the other and the Lord tells us to always do
the right thing......Bro.Steven
Thank you Toyah for adding another great area to this discussion...Originaly I was thinking about Music and Poetry but as a Western Artist myself: Art is another area of copyright that I am happy you touched upon....but would'nt you agree that it would be much harder to get away with reproducing someones art than singing another persons song?
I am glad you brought out the penalties for art fraud as most would not realize it to be so high...but then it should be..I know I
can write a song much faster than it takes me to paint one of my pictures.L.O.L....You just keep painting those great works of art that you do...Bro. Steven