Livestreaming and Worship Music: Complying with Copyright During Online Services

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As churches navigate the path of serving their congregations through the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, many have attempted to provide cohesive worship experiences. For some, incorporating music into online services has presented both challenges of technology and opportunities for reaching viewers in new ways.

Randall Stoner, associational missions director for Marshall Baptist Association, said 80 of the 105 churches in the association produced an online worship service on March 22 through either FaceBook Live, YouTube, Vimeo or their church websites. For many, this was their first virtual service.

Learning how to be “tech savvy” is among the greatest challenges churches have faced in producing sharable worship services, Stoner said.

COPYRIGHT STILL MATTERS

Several churches reported having their videos muted for violations of copyright, prompting questions from worship leaders about what’s legal to share online, said Keith Hibbs, director of the office of worship leadership and church music for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. (continued)

The article “Livestreaming and Worship Music: Complying with Copyright During Online Services” was first published on thealabamabaptist.org.

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