In light of the desire for many of us to live stream worship services at this time, Crown & Covenant Publications has prepared this FAQ regarding copyright permissions.
Do we need to get special permission to make congregational singing from a Crown & Covenant Publications psalter part of our live stream service?
We are waiving the need for filling out our permissions forms for live streaming congregational singing from now until May 30,
May we make photocopied PDFs of the psalter to send to congregants to aid in their participation?
Yes, until May 30, you can send a PDF image of most psalms in an email to congregants as long as the recipient understands it is for one-time use and is not to be re-transmitted electronically in any way. Type the following at the bottom of the PDF in case it later falls into 3rd party hands: “from [name of the psalter] © [year of copyright] Crown & Covenant Publications.” That being said, the following list of psalms from The Book of Psalms for Worship are exceptions and cannot be photocopied or recorded without written permission of the music composition copyright holder:
19C–The Law of the Lord
134A–From Strength to Strength
150D–Lasst Uns Erfreuen
(NOTE: This list also includes tunes that are not in the newest edition of the psalter, but were in the first 4 printings.)
We ask that images of psalter pages not be placed on church web sites.
May we use an image of a psalter page in our live stream video?
Yes, during this period, you can use an image of a psalter page in your live stream video (except for the list above). An easy way to do this would be to use the sheet music on Psalter.org <https://psalter.org/>, which can be sent to a monitor or TV screen via Chromecast. The sheet music portion is only available through a subscription, but subscriptions are inexpensive and probably someone in your congregation already has one. You could also take video shot of a psalter page.
What are some other ways congregants can have access to psalm singing resources while at home?
How long may we keep the video up of a live stream service on our website if it contains singing?
As usual, the portion of a live stream service that contains congregational singing should not be archived or saved in order to protect copyrights of the music, arrangements, and versifications. (This also protects your church, the investment of the RPCNA, and the labor of Crown & Covenant Publications.) But under the present circumstances, the full service may be made available for a week or two.
–released March 17, 2020
Drew & Lynne Gordon
Directors of Publication