This issue covers two topics. Future directions for celebrancy and Copyright for Celebrants work.
Future directions for celebrancy
Let us know your views, impressions and experiences about future work possibilities in celebrancy via this short survey.
Copyright for Celebrants Work
Is it sufficient to just quote the author of a poem or piece of prose in your ceremony to avoid breaking copyright?
The answer depends upon whether
you are performing only or performing and publishing, and
you have permission to use that author's work.
Performance only means you simply read the piece - nothing more. For example, purchasing a book of poetry then reading directly from that.
Publishing involves your typing the material and/or copying from the internet; printing out the material to read from; creating a .pdf or other file; emailing the material to someone else and/ or storing the material in your computer.
If you have not sought permission directly from the author or purchased the material in a form from which you can read such as the purchase of a book, then you will be breaking copyright.
Goodness - do you mean I have to seek permission for each and every poem/ prose from all those different authors?
Fortunately no. CoCA associations have access to CAL Celebrant Group Licences for a very reasonable annual fee. Some associations offer this as part of their annual fee, others as an optional extra, others as a product to non-members. Check out this summary of CoCA associations.
Are there some things the CAL licence does not cover? How do I show I have the licence? Is this the same as Copyright Insurance?
The Coalition of Celebrant Associations (CoCA) Inc is the peak body for celebrants in Australia. CoCA is an association of celebrant associations spanning the nation. One of CoCA's key roles is to represent Commonwealth marriage celebrants concerns, needs and suggestions to the Attorney-General and the Attorney-General's Department and through our Protocol with the Department to provide advice on the development, implementation and review of the Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant Program.
CoCA values transparency, freedom of information and freedom of speech in its operations.
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