When playing popular CD music to welcome and set the tone for your church service should you be concerned about copyright infringements?
Jim Kumorek · December 1, 2016
Therefore, if it is used within the context of the service, it is not likely a copyright violation to play a track from a CD, for example.
However, the operative phrase is “in the course of a service”. The question was talking about pre- and post-service playback, the language of the question implicitly placing the use of the copyrighted material outside of the actual service. Some would say this is a gray area, and that the pre- and post-service music is part of their service. Would that argument fly? We’ll speculate about that in part 2 of this article.
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