Workshop on October 20 to Help Parishes Learn about Copyright Laws

With advancement in technology, it’s easier to obtain and use intellectual property and printed materials, but much confusion remains as to what is appropriate and allowable under copyright laws. Bruce Croteau, director of the Office of Liturgy for the Diocese of Orlando, said broadcasting and distributing music, prayers, artwork, and other materials is subject to copyright laws, even when it is used in the name of the Church.

With advancement in technology, it’s easier to obtain and use intellectual property and printed materials, but much confusion remains as to what is appropriate and allowable under copyright laws. Bruce Croteau, director of the Office of Liturgy for the Diocese of Orlando, said broadcasting and distributing music, prayers, artwork, and other materials is subject to copyright laws, even when it is used in the name of the Church.

“People assume that they automatically have permission to use these materials because it is for the Church,” he said. “That is not the case.” 

Copyright law as it pertains to reprinting and projecting music, live streaming, and other issues in music ministry is the focus of a special workshop, “Copyright Session for Musicians and Clergy,” hosted by the Diocese of Orlando on Monday, Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4001 Edgewater Drive, Orlando.

The keynote speaker is pastoral musician and lawyer Jason Lorenzon, managing partner at DeCola & Lorenzon LLC, Cleveland, Ohio. Lorenzon is a nationally recognized expert who will present an informative workshop on copyright law to ensure that parishes are meeting all requirements in parish music programs and liturgies.

“The topic of copyright is important, because as a Christian people and leaders in the Church we are called to do what is just,” Lorenzon said. “We are called to appreciate and respect the rights of others.  Property rights are important.  Copyright is intellectual property. 

“The copyright laws stem from our Constitution,” he continued.  “Although complex, they still need to be understood and respected. They are designed to encourage the further development of music and further writings.  The creation of an artist must be respected and encouraged.  The copyright laws protect artists, musicians and creators in this respect.  As leaders in the Church, we must continue to learn how to respect the creation and property of others.”

Registration is $10 per person. To register, contact Aaron Kohl in the Offices of Liturgy and Music, akohl@orlandodiocese.org or 407-246-4860, or visit www.orlandodiocese.org/ministries-offices/liturgy-and-music and click on the “Workshops & Events” tab.