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Church Copyright

Copyright law exists to protect and ensure those behind creative works are appropriately compensated when the work is reproduced or performed. For churches, regular Sunday worship typically includes a host of creative works which are reproduced and performed. The Bible text, sermon, hymns, liturgy, and choral works often pop to mind, but in this digital age, many forget that copyright law also protects projected lyrics, images, and video, streaming worship (live), and podcasting worship (archived), among other things. The complexities and variations are many and finding clear answers to copyright questions can be challenging.

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An article from Christian Copyright Solutions details 6 Myths About Copyright That Puts Your Church At Risk. The key to following copyright law is designating someone in your church to become educated on copyright and obtain proper licensing of the creative works you use. Unfortunately, this isn’t a “one time and done” activity. It requires reviewing and reporting individual music selections which are included in worship each week. Christian Copyright Solutions offers excellent, free copyright education resources for churches including an eight-page toolkit, 57-page eBook, webinar videos and fact sheets. They, along with other companies, also offer performance and streaming licensing for churches.

WELSTech doesn’t endorse one licensing solution over another, but additional insight into licensing options is available on WELSTech 329, Are You Legal. Kristine Laufer, Rights and Permissions Coordinator for Northwestern Publishing House, talks with Martin and Sallie about copyright issues including various use of Christian Worship and Christian Worship Supplement.

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394 – Touring the Backlot!

It’s WELSTech time again, and this week viewers are in for a treat as Martin and Sallie are together in the WELS studio for a professional multi-camera production. The discussion topic is live streaming, Sallie’s got a new gadget grid, and Martin shares great plugins for church webmasters.

The discussion:

LiveFromTheCMM145x125Tune in to Channel 6 – Martin and Sallie are broadcasting from the new WELS studio at the Center for Mission and Ministry in Waukesha, WI. They share a quick studio tour and not one, not two, but three lists related to live streaming!

5 Questions To Ask
  1. Who is your audience?
  2. Why will they watch?
  3. What is the content?
  4. When? – Live and/or archived
  5. Who will “own” it?
5 Things You Must Do
  1. Nail the audio
  2. Get smart about lighting
  3. Have a workable budget
  4. Learn basic production techniques
  5. Promote
5 Ways To Live Stream
  1. Livestream – $1,000 per year on the WELS account
  2. YouTube – Free
  3. Google Hangouts – Free
  4. Streamingchurch.tv – $1,200 per year
  5. FinalWeb – $400 per year
  • Join us in person for WELSTech’s 400th, live at WELSTech Conference 2015, July 9 – 11 in Waukesha, WI
    • Register by June 1
    • Congrats to our $25 Amazon gift card raffle winner, Pastor Nate Wagenknecht – He’ll be at the conference presenting on “Creating Christian Community”

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 395 – While Martin is away, Jason Schmidt guest hosts with Sallie for the last installment of the WELSTech Goes to School series. Watch and participate on 06/02/15 @ 4 pm Central – welstechlive.wels.net

Featured videos:

For your listening pleasure, we’re featuring The Vine Brother’s Sing, Sing, Sing video, the newest addition to the WELSTech Music playlist on YouTube (Special shout out to Sallie’s nephew, Garrett Jones, on bass!)

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353 – Baseball, Spam and Tech

WELSTech is back to “normal” this week with Martin and Sallie in their normal locations after many vacation and training travels.  And the WELSTech Wiki migration continues, this week with a look at streaming and podcasting resources. Find out why Sallie is grinning big monkey grins AND pinning away!

The discussion:

onAir145x125Broadcasting 101 – Martin and Sallie complete work on the infrastructure category on the WELSTech Wiki with a discussion of the nuts and bolts of podcasting and live streaming. Learn more and share your experience with these important communication channels.

Tech tips:

  • SSD vs. SD
  • Control + Enter URL shortcut

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Of interest:

Did you know … Presenters at WELSTech Conference 2015 (wels.net/welstechconf), July 9-11, 2015 at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center in Pewaukee, WI attend for FREE?!! We’re currently looking for presenters and tech topics of interest for our breakout sessions. Give it some thought and submit your ideas!

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 354 – Our focus shifts to the church and school office next week as we migrate the WELSTech Wiki content on the topics of childcare management and church management software. (Broadcast date – 08/12/14)

Featured video:

This week we’ve added to the WELSTech Instructional YouTube playlist with one episode of the Broadcast Now video podcast, Communicating While Broadcasting. The podcast was recommended by listener Jason Winget, and you can check out the Broadcast Now playlist to access past episodes.

 

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333 – Lights, Camera, Live Stream

Today on WELSTech Martin and Sallie, along with special guest, Steve Zambo, share the tech side of live video streaming and some helpful tips (enhanced with visual aids) to take your video production to the next level. Find out about the electronic version of NPH’s Meditations, and be amazed as Sallie shares not 2 but 7 tips and picks! Jackpot!

The discussion:

Go Live – Martin and Sallie share the technical side of live video streaming with a behind the scenes look at YouTube’s streaming video service, and an overview of FinalWeb and LiveStream options plus information on encoders, bandwidth, and more.

The interview:

Steve ZamboTips from a pro – Steve Zambo, President of Salty Earth Pictures and Instructor of Digital Cinema & Media at Wisconsin Lutheran College, shares tips to improve video quality including framing the shot, lighting, audio and more.

Ministry resources:

Meditations from Northwestern Publishing House is now available for iOS and in Kindle and Nook eBook format.

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Of interest:

Registration is officially open for summer FinalWeb training with Martin and Sallie at the Center for Mission and Ministry. Learn more and sign up at bit.ly/fwtraininginfo.

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 334 – Jason Schmidt from Omaha, NE joins Sallie for a MineCraft EDU discussion. (Broadcast date – 3/25/14)

Music download:

This week enjoy a free music download from WELS musician Pat Watson (www.reverbnation.com/#!/patwatsonproject) – Borrowed Time

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298 – eBook Ch 5: Live Streaming

On this week’s WELSTech, Martin and Sallie talk about considerations and share practical tips for implementing live video streaming on your church or school website. Martin shares a way to rid spyware on PCs, and we take a look back at computer history.

The discussion:

Go live – The WELSTech 2013 Summer series, Church & School Website Content, continues as Martin and Sallie discuss considerations and components for including live video streaming on your church or school website. The companion eBook includes links to copyright resources that are particularly important to understand before the cameras go live on your site. And if that isn’t enough, check out links to the sample websites for live video page examples.

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Of interest:

(19:35) WELSTech Camp is coming up on September 14 at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Register and attend the free event to be in the drawings for a Mimio Teach Bar ($800 value) and 16GB iPad ($500 value)!!

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Coming up on WELSTech:

(29:35) Episode 299 – Closing in on the 300th episode, next week’s WELSTech will feature a discussion of embed-able photos, calendars and more as part of the summer WELSTech Church and School Website Content eBook. (Release date – 07/23/13)

The featured artist:

(30:15) We close this week’s WELSTech with the music of Michael Schroeder (www.michaelschroeder.com and on Facebook) – Just As I Am

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196 – WELS Hacker: Re-sizing and Re-broadcasting

This week on the WELSTech Podcast the topics include batch photo re-sizing for the web and live video from the iPad.

The discussion:

Hacking away – The summer WELS Hacker series continues as Martin shares tips on batch re-sizing of images and Sallie shares her mobile broadcasting breakthrough.

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Of interest:

  • WELSTech Flip Mino HD(14:55) WELSTech turns 200 – On September 7th WELSTech will broadcast our 200th weekly episode, and we need your help to celebrate!  Lend your voice to the podcast by recording a voice mail about … your own tech in ministry experience, your favorite podcast episode or just general well-wishes for our 200th anniversary celebration … and you could win a custom WELSTech 4 GB Flip Mino HD video camera – approximate value $100!  Be sure to include your name and location in your recording so we can contact you if you are the winner.  Deadline for entry is Labor Day, September 5, 2011.  Call and leave a message today to enter at 405-FOR-WELS (405-367-9357).
  • Job Opening – There is an opening in the WELS Technology Office for a Technical Support Specialist.  Contact WELSTech for more details.

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The featured artist:

(33:33) We close the podcast with the music of Stephen Bautista (www.stephenbautistamusic.com or stephenbautista on Twitter) – Abandon from his CD titled “Abandon”

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