Let me clear this up up front. Just because you are working with God’s Word does not mean that copyright infringement, or in more spiritual terms, stealing, is okay. No if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. It is sinning and ignorance is NOT an excuse. You can get sues and you will lose. And if you are sinning, you will face a more serious consequence.
Now that I got my theology and legal aspect out of the way:
How do churches and individuals avoid copyright infringement?
- Fair use doctrine allows for reasonable use, but does include benefiting off of it (including tithing or marketing), cannot be seen as “your work,” and go against the wishes of the original author.
- There are several types of copyright options and just because you got it off Google does not mean it is public domain. If the original photo is fully copyrighted (and you assume it is until you read it isn’t) then you cannot claim it.
- Attributing the content you use from others is not only suggested, it is moral and ethical. We at ChurchMag make it a policy to do so. (See below the infographic how we do it.)
What are your concerns with copyright infringement with Christians and ministries?
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