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CD Sharing Policy

“BE HEALED” CD SHARING POLICY

Summary:

If you are the original retail purchaser of this physical CD (not a digital download or a complimentary or promotional copy), I authorize you to make up to two copies for non-commercial use. The recipients of your copies are not allowed to make copies of the copies and you are responsible for communicating that to them.  You may not receive compensation of any kind from them.
You also have my permission to copy the words from my Web site in order to project or print them for singing at church services without paying me royalties or joining CCLI.

Details and Examples:

The purpose of this sharing policy is to promote the knowledge of divine healing by legally enabling you to make up to two copies for people who could benefit from this CD but might not buy it themselves, or cannot afford to buy it themselves.

Getting the word out concerning healing is a more important goal to me than making money.  However, it is definitely NOT my goal to LOSE money on the whole thing, especially since it took a lot of hours to produce and involved significant out-of-pocket expenses.  I think the 2-copy allowance is a good compromise.  (Besides, it’s very unusual for anyone to let you copy his professionally mastered & replicated CD’s at all!)

The copies must be written to physical CD’s, not to files shared across the Internet.  You do not have permission to e-mail, post or otherwise distribute any of the songs on the Internet for any reason.

It is beyond the scope of this Web site to tell you how to go about copying the songs on your computer.  In general, you would bring them to your computer from your music software such as Windows Media Player, then use that software to copy the songs onto a new CD. This would generally be done in MP3 format (if allowed by your software) or in Media Player’s proprietary format (for someone else who has Media Player).

Examples of allowed and disallowed copying:

YOU MAKE A COPY OF THIS CD FOR A SICK RELATIVE IN THE HOSPITAL AND GIVE IT TO HIM FOR FREE.
Allowed
– this is the kind of thing I am trying to promote.

YOU MAKE A COPY OF THIS CD FOR A DISABLED, UNEMPLOYED FRIEND WHO IS DROWNING IN MEDICAL BILLS AND CAN’T AFFORD A COPY RIGHT NOW.
Allowed
– this is the kind of thing I am trying to promote.

YOU MAKE COPIES FOR 2 FRIENDS AND CHARGE THEM EACH $10.00 FOR THE COPIES, THUS MAKING A PROFIT ON THE WHOLE DEAL WHILE GETTING A “FREE” COPY FOR YOURSELF.
Not Allowed
– you may not be compensated in any way.

YOU MAKE COPIES FOR 2 FRIENDS AND CHARGE THEM EACH $1.00 FOR “TIME AND MATERIALS” FOR COPYING THE CD’S.
Not Allowed
– you may not be compensated in any way.

YOU MAKE COPIES FOR 2 FRIENDS AND CHARGE THEM EACH $0.20 FOR THE COST OF THE BLANK CD’S YOU USED.
Not Allowed
– you may not be compensated in any way.

YOU MAKE A COPY FOR A FRIEND AND DON’T CHARGE ANYTHING, BUT YOU DO IT IN EXCHANGE FOR BEING TAKEN OUT TO DINNER OR BEING DRIVEN SOMEWHERE.
Not Allowed
– you may not be compensated in any way.

YOU AND TWO FRIENDS “GO IN” ON IT FOR ABOUT $6.00 EACH, ONE PERSON GETS THE ORIGINAL AND THE OTHER TWO GET THE COPIES.
Not Allowed
– no compensation may exchange hands for any reason.

YOU MAKE 2 FREE COPIES FOR OTHERS, THEN SELL THE CD TO SOMEONE ELSE FOR WHAT YOU PAID FOR IT, AND THE NEW PURCHASER PROCEEDS TO MAKE 2 FREE COPIES.
Not Allowed
– only the original purchaser may make copies.

YOU BOUGHT THE CD FOR SOMEONE ELSE AS A CHRISTMAS OR BIRTHDAY PRESENT.  YOU DON’T OPEN IT, BUT THE RECIPIENT OPENS IT AND PROCEEDS TO MAKE 2 COPIES.
Allowed
– This is an exception I don’t have a problem with, as long as only one person (the recipient) makes the 2 copies. It’s even OK with me if the recipient gives one of the copies to YOU!

YOU BOUGHT THE CD FOR YOUR BOOKSTORE, YOU OPEN ONE, MAKE 2 FREE COPIES, THEN SELL THE CD TO A CUSTOMER.
Not Allowed
– only retail purchasers may make copies, not resellers.

YOU DOWNLOADED THE CD FROM DIGSTATION, iTUNES, etc. AND MAKE 2 COPIES OF THE MP3 FILES FOR YOUR FRIENDS.
Not Allowed
– this copy policy only applies to physical CD’s.  You may not make copies of the MP3 files you get from download services.

YOU GOT A FREE COPY FROM SOMEONE ELSE, AND YOU MAKE 2 FREE COPIES FOR YOUR FRIENDS.
Not Allowed
– copying the copies is not allowed.

YOU MAKE COPIES FOR 2 FRIENDS, THEN AN EXTRA ONE FOR YOUR OWN USE IN THE CAR
Allowed
– As long as you are the one using that extra copy and you don’t lend it, give it or sell it to anyone else, I don’t have a problem with that.

YOU AND EIGHT FRIENDS GET THE GUY WHO DUPLICATES CD’S AT YOUR CHURCH TO RUN 18 COPIES, 2 FOR EACH OF YOU.
Not Allowed
– you must make the copies yourself.

YOU WANT TO SHARE ONE OF THE SONGS WITH EVERYONE ON THE WORSHIP TEAM SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN IT, SO YOU MAKE A COPY OF THAT SONG AND GIVE EACH ONE A CD OF IT.
Allowed within limits
– I don’t mind you doing this for up to 3 tracks on this CD.  I don’t want you to have to be a criminal to share a song to be learned by your worship team.  However, you are definitely NOT allowed to run a complete CD copy for everyone on the worship team so that they don’t have to buy one to get all the music themselves.

YOU MAKE RECORDINGS OF SERVICES DURING WHICH THESE SONGS WERE PERFORMED AND SELL THEM TO THE PUBLIC OR BROADCAST THEM ON THE INTERNET.
It depends
– what is the real purpose of the songs in the service? If they are simply a part of congregational praise and worship along with other songs, and the recording is being sold for the primary purpose of putting out the spoken message during the service, that’s fine with me. If they are being performed (or played) in the background while people are being ministered to in a healing line, that’s OK, too. On the other hand, if the recording is being promoted to the public based on the music on them (“Hey, get this CD, it’s got 6 really good healing songs on it”), that’s NOT okay.

Whether or not you’re part of CCLI, CCLI’s Web site has some reasonable general guidelines for its members for selling recordings that include copyrighted songs. That can give you some idea what is considered reasonable in the industry.

The bottom line is this: Is the recording being sold so that people can just buy your recording INSTEAD of buying mine?  If so, you may not distribute that recording. If the music is incidental to a service in which other things are happening, you may distribute that recording as long as you do not indicate anywhere on the packaging that any particular songs are on that recording. For example, a little sticker that says, “Includes the song, You Paid the Price!” is not allowed.

YOU MAKE YOUR OWN RECORDINGS OF ONE OR MORE OF THESE SONGS AND SELL THEM.
Allowed only if you pay me royalties on copies produced and you don’t change any words
.  Please send email to mail@cstephenyoung.com for current government-mandated royalty rates.   Note that royalties apply to copies produced, not copies actually sold.

YOU MAKE YOUR OWN RECORDINGS OF ONE OR MORE OF THESE SONGS AND GIVE THEM AWAY.
Allowed only if you pay me royalties on copies produced and you don’t change any words
.  Royalties are due whether or not you make any money (or even charge any money) for the copies of your recording.

YOU TAKE THE WORDS TO ONE OR MORE SONGS AND MAKE OVERHEAD TRANSPARENCIES OF THEM FOR SINGING AT YOUR CHURCH.
Allowed
.

YOU TAKE THE WORDS TO ONE OR MORE SONGS AND PROJECT THEM USING A PC-BASED PROJECTION SYSTEM AT SERVICES AT YOUR CHURCH.
Allowed.

YOU TAKE THE WORDS TO ONE OR MORE SONGS AND INCLUDE THEM IN SONG SHEETS TO GIVE OUT TO PEOPLE WHO COME TO SERVICES AT YOUR CHURCH.
Allowed.

YOU INCLUDE THE WORDS AND/OR MELODIES AND/OR CHORDS IN SONGBOOKS TO BE SOLD TO THE PUBLIC.
Not Allowed.
This is a copyright violation unless we have a specific paid arrangement allowing you to do it.

YOU POST A VIDEO OF YOURSELF (OR SOMEONE ELSE) SINGING ONE OF THESE SONGS ON YOUTUBE, OR DANCING TO ONE OF THE SONGS.
Not Allowed
.  Internet dissemination without prior permission is forbidden.

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

If you’re so generous and you want to get the message of healing out, why don’t you just allow unlimited copying of your CD?
It cost me something to make it on top of the time I spent recording and mixing it.  If I am ever to produce more CD’s, allowing unlimited copying is not a good business model since I will have to do other things to survive financially.  Believe it or not, my original intent was to allow unlimited free copying like I do for my healing book, but it just doesn’t work if I’m going to produce many more CD’s in the future.  This one took quite a while because it was all done on “overtime”.

Why do you insist that the copies be made by the purchaser?
I am trying to avoid the situation described above where a bunch of people all get someone with fast duplicating equipment to run a lot of copies for all of them to give away. My business model assumes that many purchasers will not make any copies, not that exactly 3 CD’s will be out there for every 1 purchased.

Why don’t you allow copying of MP3 downloads when you allow the CD itself to be copied?
First, the profit margin on those downloads is not as large as it is on CD sales.  Second, it is against the policies of the download providers to make copies of the downloads, and I can’t make a policy that conflicts with the policies of the companies that sell my downloads.  That would not be fair to them, as their business model assumes that no one is making copies of those downloads.

How do I make the copies of the CD?
Specific help is beyond the scope of this Web site; please do not e-mail questions about the copying process. In general, you put in the CD, use your multimedia program of choice to copy the songs from the CD to a temporary area on your computer, then write those songs to another (blank) CD from your computer.