How to Legally Make Rehearsal Tracks.... Webinar - Feb 12th
ATTENTION Worship Community Members:
Free Webinar Today, Feb 12:
2-3 pm CST
Do I really need permission to make copies of CDs, MP3 files or arrangements for rehearsal purposes? What if we post audio files for download on a password protect website page? You want to maintain integrity in worship activities, but making rehearsal copies is one of the most confusing and misunderstood issues you face.
This Thursday’s CCS webinar will answer these questions and guide you through the maze of LEGALLY producing rehearsal copies.
With a Live Question and Answer Session!!!!
Last edited by russhutto; 02-12-2009 at 10:53 AM.
I missed the webinar. What's the answer? Is it ok to do or not?
I just got the email on Thursday evening at 9:46PM Pacific Time.... I wish I had known about it sooner, but thanks for keeping us informed. Did anyone attend this web event? What was the outcome?
Please, please, please! How can we get this information? This is the exact issue we are struggling with. I was so excited to get the email - but unfortunately I got it a day too late! I'd be happy to pay. Is it ok to make copies? Is is ok to have music on a password protected site? I need to know!
Thank you for whatever help you can provide.
Yea me too.
Yea. Me too. I missed it, but would really love to know the right answer.
I think Russ is planning to write something up on it. I look forward to it as well. Although we really don't do this... we usually listen to the music together. But I do like to do it for the kids when they have an event.
I think this is something we all struggle with. I've worked with churches that could afford to buy the members individual copies of each song but I'm with a much smaller church now that can't afford to do that so this information would be very helpful. Right now I look for videos on YouTube and send the members the links but they can only listen at home on the computer and listening in the car or when they are working out would be so much better.
Here's the rundown, and I'll keep it simple:
1) It is NOT legal to make ANY copies of a recording to hand out or make available for download (even if it's password protected) at any time. At the moment there is NO real exception.
2) The only way to legally "make copies" is to BUY them. So either you purchase a license to reproduce, or you buy physical (cd/mp3) copies of the number of tracks you want to reproduce.
3) The only option for you to re-record and share music that belongs to the artist/label is to get a license to re-record it (mechanical I think) and also a license to broadcast it once (a webcast type of license). This makes the recording you've made "streamable." You are not however, legally, permitted to offer that as a download. It has to be streamed like a webcast.
In summary, there is no LEGAL way to rip and burn copies from a cd.
You have to purchase extra copies physically, or by license.
You can webcast (stream) your practice arrangements (ONCE) and give access of that to your team.
I have a software program called MusicScore that can "read" scanned sheet music and put it into midi form. You can vary instruments, embellish the score, change tempo and/or key...similar to NoteWorthy but much better.
I regularly make accompaniment tracks for our trio, practice cds with the individual SATB parts. It has become almost a necessity. However, it is never distributed.
According to the webinar yesterday that would be technically illegal...and if you hand it out to others you're both reproducing and distributing it.
Originally Posted by manasotakey41