WHY COPYRIGHT? - In Short
Copyright Policy: We allow you to make an extra copy of a disc onto your laptop ('notebook') / desktop / iPod / PDA / etc.
- provided that both the original and its copy (the laptop ('notebook') / desktop / iPod / PDA / etc. version) clearly remains the ownership of the same owner, and primarily for his/her use.
This is our copyright policy for all our audiovisual materials.
We believe buying original material (or receiving it as a gift) entitles you to that convenience - we hope you find it a helpful concession. (Copyright on books is as standard.)
(For more detail, see Why Copyright? - Explanation .)
> Why Copyright? - In Short <
(This is just a summary - for a little more detail and background on this, click here.)
You put copyright on products for sensible, Bible-based reasons:
(1) The Bible doesn’t distinguish between people in Christian ministry and people doing ‘normal’ work, and neither do we – both are equal in God’s sight and are valid vocations (in line with one’s calling). Christian workers are not to live primarily on charity (i.e. donations), but because they work they have to earn their living from the services they render to others. As in any other job. In this we believe we have a God-given obligation to reward any Christian speaker for their services and all the hard work of preparation that went into their message. So we pay our speakers a 10% ‘royalty’ on each of their products that we sell – this is the speaker’s ‘salary’ for the service of preparing and giving the talk.
(2) Without copyright, healthy and efficient Christian retail ministries become unsustainable. And it becomes difficult to keep a fresh supply of quality messages, insights and prophetic words from God. For this reason, rewarding visiting and permanent speakers was built into the life of the Early Church.
(3) There is a solid, well-known Biblical principle that you give for what you have received. In God’s eyes it is simply proper that he who has received a blessing, gives back (as well as gives away) from the abundance he has received.
(4) Hard experience (including that of others who have given away hundreds of thousands of Bible teaching messages for free) shows that people rarely appreciate Bible teaching material they get entirely free. People tend to see something as valuable when they have paid for it or worked for it. All that said, however, if people truly struggle to afford it, and they’re willing to give something, we are very willing to help and meet them halfway.
(For a little more of the detail and background on this, please click here.)