To Attach or Not to Attach?
Sending copyrighted content without permission is infringement.
To Attach or Not to Attach?

Church leaders should recognize that the use of e-mail can lead to copyright infringement.

To illustrate, assume that Esther is a church employee who occasionally comes across articles and other items that she thinks would be of interest to others, and she downloads the material and attaches it to e-mail messages. If Esther downloads and sends copyrighted material by means of e-mail, she has committed copyright infringement by violating the copyright owners' exclusive right of reproduction.

Church staff should be warned (in writing, through an appropriate policy) not to transmit copyrighted material.

Adapted from theEssential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches.Copyright Christianity Today.

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