LinksHere are links to a number of sites and articles that discuss copyright from a christian standpoint.
Love to Share is a document from the World Council of Churches encouraging a spirit of sharing.
[Lab]oratory is a blog that appears to report on copyright issues froma christian viewpoint.
Control At Any Cost: Copyright vs Christian Rock is an article posted at http://questioncopyright.org which laments the effects of copyright on an amateur christian giutar tab website. This article was part of the inspiration for setting up this website.
Every Church Needs a Copyright Cop is an article encouraging church organisations to be fully copyright compliant. Our response: Yes, churches should be copyright compliant, but artists should make it easier for churches to be copyright compliant by releasing their works in such a way that churches should not need to seek permission in order to use them. Artists releasing their work in this liberal manner, and the church supporting the artists would "shine a light" to the world far better than the current christian copyright system does.
Creative Synergy Podcast is a website hosting podcasts discussing worship from a technical and creative viewpoint. Their May 2007 podcast is an extremely thorough exploration of copyright and the churches relationship to copyright materials. They discuss the pitfalls, the licenses, and possible legal consequences of copyright violation.
Our response: It is important to comply with the law, but this podcast raises a serious issue. If you want to use a copyrighted work in your service then you need to get permission from the copyright holder. This assumes that it is possible to get hold of the copyright holder, and can take a long time, and possibly an involved form-filling excercise. Is all this inconvenience and risk a good situation? If artists were more liberal with their copyrights then all these problems could go away. Another solution is for churches to make sure that they only use resources that are liberally licensed such as those which are distributed with a Creative Commons license.