Copyright for Celebrants Work
Can I just quote the author of a poem or piece of prose in my ceremony to avoid breaking copyright?
The answer depends upon whether you
are performing only, or
performing and publishing, and
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, 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 CA 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.
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 a Copyright Agency Celebrant Group Licence for a very reasonable annual fee. Read more about Copyright below.
Members of The Celebrants Network can purchase their Copyright Agency License when they join or renew their membership