Get your copyright!
It’s ironic isn’t it? Here we are. At church. Worshipping God. But for some of us, we’re not doing the best job we can at worshipping honestly. Dishonest worship? How?
For that let’s visit a songwriter’s house. In that house lives a beautiful, ageing woman who has dedicated her life to ministering through music. And she wrote a song. One you love. And one you sing with gusto as the words flash onto your church's overhead screen.
But here’s the problem. Although a powerful music management company is paid by our Church organisation for the use of a broad range of Christian songs in public worship, including hers, the songwriter never sees a cent of that money. Unless . . .
Unless our local churches report all the songs we’ve sung to the music management company. How do we do that? The simple steps are available at the new webpage: http://www.spd.adventist.org/music-copyright.
There’s one exception to this rule: if you sing directly from an officially published songbook like the Adventist Hymnal, then your music use is covered by a different agreement. But the second we flash words onto a screen—any screen and any song whatsoever—or sing any song not in an officially published songbook? Then we need to report it to ensure the songwriter gets appropriate credit. We’ve paid for the right to use the songs on the screen. But the songwriters get nothing unless we report the songs we love.
Reporting the songs is simple, doesn’t take long and it’s the right thing to do. So let’s head over to the new website page, download the form and send it off on a regular basis. Because somewhere is a songwriter who is counting on her brothers and sisters to do the right thing. Let’s not let her down.