Disclaimer: This isn’t one of those inspirational blog posts that will encourage you to go out and do amazing things in your ministry and community. The goal of this post is to respond to some of the most common questions we get about copyright issues and user agreements regarding our curriculum as well as other online media sources. Personally, I feel like the Church should be above reproach on these issues. I don’t think we get a pass to freely use media just because it’s easy or because we do not understand copyright and licensing rules. Those rules definitely can be confusing though, so let’s see if we can help clear some things up.
Q: What pieces of 252 Basics can I share on my church’s website and/or Facebook page?
A: According to the user agreement, the only pieces that can be posted to a public site are the Home pieces (Parent Cue and God Time cards). The only other exceptions are pieces that are shared on the weekly Social Media Plan on the 252 Blog. Large and small group lessons can be shared with volunteers via email or other secure sites like Google Drive or Dropbox.
Q: Can I reuse “old” lessons?
A: According to the 252 Basics user agreement, any curriculum material that is published by the reThink Group/Orange can only be used by the subscribing organization. That means, if you have “old” curriculum, it can only be used if you have a current, active license. You are not allowed to let your license expire and use previously used or saved material. Think of it this way, when you have an active license with us, you are paying for the right to use the curriculum in your church. You do not actually own the curriculum to do with it whatever, whenever you please.
Q: Can I give away previously used 252 Basics curriculum to another church or organization?
A: No. (See above question and answer)
Q: What can and can’t I use from YouTube?
A: This is a tough one. There is A LOT of great stuff on YouTube that seemingly is free game to use in your ministry. This is a very common misconception. According to the terms of service, videos are for PERSONAL viewing. This means, YOU can view it and share it with friends. You cannot download it. You cannot show it to a crowd of people in a public setting UNLESS you have permission from the creator. Bottom line is, if you did not create it and you do not have permission to use it, it’s not yours to use. This also applies to uploading content. If you do not own the rights to a song or a video, you cannot upload it as if it is your own. You can read YouTube’s terms of service here https://www.youtube.com/static?template=terms.
Q: What’s the deal with music? It’s free game, right?
A: No, it’s not. Again, if you did not create it and you do not have permission to use it, it’s not yours to use. This includes music videos on YouTube. This includes ANY songs played or sung in your environment. For songs that are purchased through Amber Sky Records, here is the usage guidelines and license agreement http://amberskyrecords.com/usage.php. For other worship music, please be sure you have proper permission to use the songs in your church. www.ccli.com is a great resource to help with this.
Additional questions? Feel free to contact your Orange Specialist!