Re: Sermons & Inspirational Speaking
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on November 04, 2000 at 06:24:02:
In Reply to: Sermons & Inspirational Speaking posted by Darnelle Hillman on November 03, 2000 at 09:02:51:
: After much research through the US Copyright web site,
: I still have some questions as to who, if anyone, holds
: the copyright on a sermon or inspirational speech.
: It is logical to think that the speaker would have the
: copyright; however, most churches record the sermon and
: resell copies of cassettes without affixing a copyright
: notice. The speaker may not even know he was recorded.
: Would the sermon or speech be covered as a sound recording
: with the speaker retaining copyright, sound recording
: with the church or organization retaining copyright, or
: as a work commissioned by an employer (since the church
: or organization requested and most likely paid the speaker)?
: If the recording is subsequently transcribed, does the
: speaker have the copyright to the written material?
: Also, what if the recordings are old enough that any
: copyright would have since expired? Is it then public
: Any thoughts or input is appreciated.
Dear Darnelle Hillman,
Without research, you may be stirring a bee hive. I think the speaker owns thre rights. There are questions of fair use but my gut say that doesn't change things.
M. Arthur Auslander
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