hymns and copyright

Discussion in 'Music Ministry' started by James_Newman, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. James_Newman

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    I was wondering if anyone had any experience in music production who might be aware of what type of copyright issues may surround old hymns. I would assume that most of the old hymns are out of copyright, and that anyone could make a recording and distribute it freely.
     
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    James, I use this site a lot and they happen to have a copyright section which has a wee bit of explanation:

    http://cyberhymnal.org/
     
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    Yeah, I thought of cyberhymnal after I posted. I was just looking at it.
     
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    I guess what I'm mainly wondering is if it is possible to release a recording of an old hymn that is in public domain under a Creative Commons license or something similar? I should clarify, the recording is not under public domain, the hymn is. I think I made that clear anyway... :)
     

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