The Internet and electronic products
The Internet and increasing numbers of products in an electronic format (such as DVDs or CD-Roms) have opened up new opportunities, but also brought a flurry of questions and concerns about copyright. Copyright owners are keen to see their songs and hymns used in new ways and want to encourage the use of new technology, but it is in everyone’s interest that the ownership and value of songs and hymns are respected so that writers and publishers are properly paid for their work and can continue to make new material available.
If you are using material from a website or from a CD-Rom, the situation is not really any different from when using material out of hymnbooks – use of copyright material is still subject to either direct permission from the owner or publisher, or under licence from CCLE, as appropriate.
Similarly, if you want to put material on a website or CD-Rom, permission must be obtained from the copyright owner or their appointed agent, who has the right to grant a licence or refuse permission. It is likely that they will require certain terms and conditions. Making the words and/or music of a song available without permission is illegal, and since it makes them easier to download or pass on to others in electronic form, encourages others to break the law also. For material available on CD-ROM, it is important to ensure that the material is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the licence you accept on purchasing the product.
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