HallamPhil wrote:Well I sat through the whole thing and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd welcome some advice on what the legal/copyright implications are for live feed transmissions as our cathedral may have this facility when we re-open.
I'm not a lawyer, this is not legal advice, you need to consult a copyright lawyer for proper advice, neither I or the organisation running this can be held responsible for the consequences of the following comments ...
Having got that out of the way:
In general, in most countries, to legally provide a live feed of music on the internet, you need to buy a web-streaming license that covers the materials you are streaming.
CCLI offers such licenses for the materials that they cover (which may not be overly useful if you have a "cathedral style" programme). I don't know if Decani do or not (suspect not, but maybe I'm out of date). I also don't know if there are other church-copyright-organisations operating in the UK, and if they offer such licenses or not.
If you do a lot of modern arrangements the sorts of works that I'd expect to find in a cathedral, it's likely that no overall web-steaming license will cover all of the arrangements that you use which are still subject to copyright. In this case, you would techincally need to get permission from the copyright-owner of every single work that you use.
As you can imagine, this could easily turn into an enormous headache, unless you're prepared to take some risks re operating illegally sometimes. (By analogy: I occasionally break the speed limit when I'm driving to church, and suspect I'm not the only one.)
Another option would be to ask if your web-feed service could be configured to switch the audio track to something offensive whenever music is played, or at certain times that you nominate. Of course this would defeat the purpose of offering the feed ... but it may be better than taking the risk if you think that some copyright owners might want to sue you.
And for other ideas again, you might like to ask the churches whose feeds are shown on this site what their solution is http://www.mcnmedia.tv/ This is said with a definite ... I'll be very surprised if many of them have addressed the issue at all.
... nb, even though the URL looks odd, it is the "feeds" from churches served by a UK/Irish (I'm not sure which) company that appears to have quite a large client base.
Hope this helps.