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Understanding Worship Music Copyright Law

Staying legal is important, but we might not always grasp exactly why, or who benefits.

Last Reviewed: November 30, 2021
Understanding Worship Music Copyright Law
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Many worship songwriters write with the hope that their songs will be used within the Body of Christ to glorify God for generations. Take Hillsong's "Mighty to Save," for example: The melody is compelling enough to be played by a stadium band with six electric guitarists, pads, and loops, but it's simple enough to be played by one person at a piano or on a guitar.

Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan wrote this song to be accessible and easy to sing in these various contexts. Some Christians might think, With this outward purpose in mind, isn't it selfish that an author would want credit for a song, when it's all for God's glory? Using this logic, however, Christian book authors would always go by pseudonyms. Blogs would be anonymous. Art pieces would belong to faceless artists.

Understanding music copyright issues in a church setting is challenging. The laws are complicated ...

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  • October 8, 2014
  • Last Reviewed: November 30, 2021

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