One of the main reasons for producing this collection is to provide a resource which people can freely use to worship God, without requiring permission or payment.
I disapprove very strongly indeed of people who assert copyright in religious works so as to take a rent off other peoples’ worship. I know that there are musicians and hymn writers who will disagree on this, who take the line that it is part of the labourer being worthy of his hire, but I have my view, I believe it to be the only right one and I am sticking to it.
I disapprove even more strongly of people who make small alterations to words or music that are out of copyright and then seek to assert copyright in their alterations so as to claim copyright fees on their use. That is an abomination. Those that do that should consider seriously the implications this might have for the destiny of their immortal souls.
I have gone to considerable lengths to ensure that everything in the whole of this collection is out of copyright, appears by permission (where this is the case it is referred to in the collection) or is my own work, licensable by me as below.
The copyright position of this collection is as follows:-
- Any words that come directly from Sternhold and Hopkins SH, Tate and Brady TB, The Scottish Psalter, Roux – R, or Isaac Watts W are long out of copyright.
- I assert copyright and moral right in everything I have written or altered, i.e. marked DBT, SHa, TBa etc. The ‘a’ indicates that I have altered it. I am doing this primarily so as to stop anyone else who might want to make money out of them from doing so.
- Until further notice you are free to use all such material in worship free of charge subject to the following conditions only,
- If you try different tunes for them you must tell me about it and whether the tunes worked or not, and
- You can change the words to make them flow better, provided your improved words are either as accurate or more accurate as translations as mine And provided you make your altered version available to me on the basis that if I wish I can publish it on this site and for general use on at least as free terms as I make my versions available.
Otherwise, you may not alter them at all,
- I assert copyright and moral right in everything I have written or altered e.g. by the addition of an additional part. This is primarily to stop anyone else who might want to make money out of them from doing so.
- You are free to alter, re-arrange or write a new setting or instrumentation of any music in this collection and until further notice to use it in worship free of charge provided you make your version available to me on the basis that if I wish I can publish it on this site and for general use on at least as free terms as I make the music in this collection available.
- Otherwise, you may not alter such music at all,
3. Both Words and Music:-
- This is published in England and Wales under the law of England and Wales.
- You may use in worship any words in this collection with any tune whether in this collection or not, and may use in worship any tune in this collection with any words whether in this collection or not, but it is up to you to ensure that whatever words or tune you use is,
- out of copyright where you are, or
- used in accordance with the terms of this licence, or
- used in accordance with whatever licence you may have to use it.
- If you wish to publish any of the material in which I claim copyright or to issue works using them as recordings or similar of any sort, or to make any other use of them outside the scope of clauses 1.2 and/or 2.2 above, you may only do so with my permission. This though is likely to be acceptable without a fee if the work as a whole (and not just the contribution from this collection) is made available for use on terms broadly comparable to 1.3 and/or 2.4 above.
- You may not use any of the material in which I claim copyright in any way that involves people paying either for the material or anything with the material in it, without my permission which, if given at all, is likely involve your paying a fee. Nor, irrespective of payment, may you make, sell or distribute printed versions either of the whole or any selection from this collection without such permission.
- You may print off copies or project them for use in worship. That includes rehearsal for worship and the provision of service books for permanent use in any congregation provide you do not sell them or charge for them in any way.
- For the purposes of all these clauses
- ‘permission’ only includes permission in writing from me or from a person authorised by me to give it,
- ‘worship’ includes weddings, funerals and any other religious service.
- It is particularly up to you to satisfy yourself as to the intellectual property position of any words or music you use if you are using any of the material in this collection in some jurisdiction other than England and Wales.
- I also assert copyright and moral right in the text of this site.
- As far as I have been able to ascertain, everything in this collection is out of copyright in England and Wales or covered by the licence here, but I do not warrant that. Use is at your own risk. If you wish to claim that you or anyone else does have any rights in any item, you must contact me, with a full and persuasive justification in writing for that claim. For reference, though, the only items on which I am aware of any possible doubt, since in both cases I do not know the date of death of the original author, are
- the words to one of the versions of Psalm 46,
- the words to the CM version of Psalm 124, and
- One of the versions of Old 81st, which is by permission of Rollo Woods of Praise and Glory.
- The version of St Stephen the tune to Psalm 90 in this collection which comes from P&G and other West Gallery sources.