17 Feb '11, 1pm

Praise God? Pay hymn royalties first #Malaysia #Singapore @addthis

IT IS usually associated with teenagers downloading pirated songs for their iPods. But the battle between music technology and copyright law has now spread to one of the oldest human activities - religious worship. Singapore churches which have ditched traditional hymn books during services in favour of gadgets such as electronic projectors are being told they could be in breach of copyright, and asked to pay royalties. Those who choose not to technically risk being sued. The churches are being approached by United States-based firm Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI). So far, 150 - or 25 per cent - of the 600 here have agreed to pay between $84 and $3,380 a year, depending on the size of their congregations. The firm obtains the rights to Christian music and licenses it on behalf of the songwriters for use in 170,000 churches worldwide - for an annual fee. ...

Full article: http://www.singaporelawwatch.sg/remweb/legal/ln2/rss/lega...

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