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Common Uses

Reproducing words

Church hymn-books, song books and service sheets, overhead transparencies, computer generated lyrics

Most publishers who hold the copyrights of hymns and worship songs will grant permission to include song words in any of the above formats, subject to a few simple rules:

  • That the publication is not for re-sale
  • That the correct copyright information is inserted immediately above or below the words of each item
  • That any fee set by the publisher is paid.

Copies for Visually Impaired Persons

The Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002 permits suitable copies (for example, Large Print or Braille) to be made for Visually Impaired Persons without infringing copyright, if words and texts are not commercially available in an appropriate accessible format.

Special service sheets - weddings, funerals, etc

Weddings and funerals are special occasions and publishers vary as to whether or not they charge copyright fees. In all circumstances, however, permission must still be obtained.

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