Ensign, David
May 2008
Kentucky Libraries;Spring2008, Vol. 72 Issue 2, p12
Academic Journal
The article discusses concerning the use of copyrighted works in churches and schools. Nelson Crow used two arrangements of a song written and copyrighted by Austris Wihtol in writing his own arrangement. Wihtol filed a suit against Crow, the school district, and the church. The lessons in Wihtol v. Crow is that an organization may be charitable and non-profit in nature does not excuse from an obligation to comply with the law, and to pay when it does not comply. The court found that making the new arrangement and reproducing it which contained significant portions of the original arrangement, were infringing actions. The case illustrates that it is important that church and school employees be aware of copyright issues and that they strive to comply with federal law.


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