Copyright for Celebrants Work
Is it sufficient to just quote the author of a poem or piece of prose in your ceremony to avoid breaking copyright?
The answer depends upon whether
you are performing only or performing and publishing, and
you have permission to use that author's work.
Performance only means you simply read the piece - nothing more. For example, purchasing a book of poetry then reading directly from that.
You do not need a Copyright licence to read a poem from a book you have purchased.
Publishing involves printing a copy from the internet, your typing the material and/or ; printing out the material to read from; creating a .pdf or other file; emailing the material to someone else and/ or storing the material in your computer.
Any type of publishing, as described above, requires the author's permission to do so, or a CAL Copyright Licence.
If you have not sought permission directly from the author or purchased the material in a form from which you can read such as the purchase of a book, then you will be breaking copyright.
Goodness - do you mean I have to seek permission for each and every poem/ prose from all those different authors?
Fortunately no. CoCA associations have access to CAL Celebrant Group Licences for a very reasonable annual fee. Some associations offer this as part of their annual fee, others as an optional extra, others as a product to non-members.
Are there some things the CAL licence does not cover? How do I show I have the licence? Is this the same as Copyright Insurance? See our Commonly Asked Questions about Copyright
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