January 1, 2001
church bought enough copies of Singing the Living Tradition so each
person attending a service can use the hymnal. Since we have made that purchase,
do we have automatic permission to excerpt readings, hymns, etc. to print as
inspirational messages in our newsletter that circulates to more than three hundred
A. Unfortunately, purchase of the hymnal does not
in and of itself confer permission to reprint texts, says Mary Benard, editor at
the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) Skinner House Books. Anyone who wishes to reprint a reading or hymn
should send a request in writing to Benard's assistant, Betsy Martin, 25 Beacon
St., Boston, MA 02108; or skinnerhouse @ uua.org.
Contact her at least a week before the permission is needed
because, in some cases, the request must be redirected to the copyright holder,
says Benard. The UUA does not hold copyright to everything in the hymnal. Where
possible, Martin will provide contact information for the copyright holder. The
request should specify the hymn or reading in question and whether permission is
being sought for words or music or both (in the case of hymns), as the copyright
may be different for each. The request should also indicate whether the
reprinted text will be distributed at no charge or for a fee. Generally, if the
UUA owns the copyright and the person or group seeking permission is
distributing the text at no fee, permission will be granted for no fee.
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Last updated on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
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