Practical Advice on Copyright for Worship

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

Though he's not a lawyer, Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson studied copyright law at length, before the pandemic, so his congregation could legally and ethically stream the whole worship service. Since last March, he's advised hundreds of colleagues, worked with the UUA, and continued to study this overly-complicated area. We'll talk about how copyright law, and our principles, work with respect to worship: readings, sermons, music, stories, images, videos, and more.

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson has served as the Senior Minister of The Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL, since 2008. He is the author of Newborn Bards: A Theology of Preaching for Unitarian Universalists, the past co-chair of the UUA Presidential Search Committee, a father, partner, runner, and fan of all kinds of puzzles.

With thanks to Rev. Erika Hewitt for her support and suggestions. Rev. Hewitt is the Minister of Worship Arts at the UUA and the editor of Braver/Wiser.

Host: Rev. Sharon Dittmar

Originally presented April 7, 2021



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Sharon Dittmar

Reverend Dittmar graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1997. She served one year as Interim Minister at the Gathering at Northern Hills (Cincinnati, OH 1997-1998), and eighteen years as Minister at First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati (1998-2016). In 2016 she began work as Congregational Life...

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