Churches around the Pacific now have access to copyright compliance information after the South Pacific Division (SPD) updated the copyright information on its website.
A new section has been added to the website, first compiled in March 2016, specifically for Pacific Island nations to access their own regional information. Copyright information for churches in Australia and New Zealand has been updated as well as Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal listings. “The information is provided as a guideline, per geographic area, for church boards and worship teams in Australia, New Zealand and now the South Pacific Islands that integrate the display of lyrics during song and divine services,” said Ian Heunis, SPD assistant corporate services secretary.
The page also has a section on frequently asked questions relative to the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal and four different sets of PowerPoint files for public domain hymns (for Australia and New Zealand).
“The digital age has created a situation that is detrimental to the owners as the protection of the royalty income is less defined,” said Mr Heunis. “In short, copyright laws and reporting are there to ensure that recognition is given where it is due.”
View and download copyright documents at www.spd.adventist.org/music-copyright.