Copyright Guidelines for Australian Lutheran Congregations and Agencies
- Most congregations and LCA agencies use, reproduce, store and distribute copyright-protected material.
- Some create material over which they hold copyright.
- Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) congregations and agencies do not receive any special provisions under the Copyright Act 1968.
- Each congregation and agency have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure they are using copyright-protected works with permission and are aware of what works over which the agency, congregation or its members could hold copyright.
- Congregations and agencies should know their copyright obligations. Breaches of the Copyright Act 1968 can cost thousands of dollars.
Producing copyright material
Your congregation or agency may consider registering for representation with a copyright agency if it is regularly devising, producing and presenting its own copyright material. It is worth protecting your work and perhaps producing an income stream for your local mission work. Contact LCA Communications for more information.
Copyright legislation is complex, complicated and constantly changing. This document provides guidelines only, as accurate and up to date as we are able to determine. These guidelines do not replace sound legal advice, which should be sought in respect to specific copyright legislation.
Produced by LCA Commission on Worship and LCA Communications; under regular review and revision.
*These guidelines may not necessarily apply to New Zealand congregations and agencies. New Zealand congregations and agencies should be familiar with the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994 http://www.copyright.org.nz/