A Message from Bishop Ross Nicholson about copyright

A short word about pirates

We usually think of pirates as the swashbuckling heroes or seafaring villains of storybooks and movies. But nowadays the word ‘piracy’ is more often applied to those who sail digital oceans, raiding the intellectual property of movie, book and music producers.

Though some of these digital pirates have crime on their minds, most are accidental pirates, ignorant of the cost of their activities to the artists, musicians and others whose livelihood depends on royalties and licence fees, which are the equivalent of a worker’s wages.

APBA Copyright Obligations

As our society increasingly moves to digital delivery of business, entertainment and other resources, the price we once paid for items such as books, computer programs and movie tickets is being replaced by a licence fee that entitles us to use or view those materials.

It is easy to see why a book or DVD costs what it does because you can hold the product in your hand. It is more difficult to appreciate the value of a fee when the product appears on your computer or tablet screen. Even more so when you can reproduce that material and use it in your own service sheet or project it onto a screen.

However, there are real expenses to be recouped, and licence fees help to cover the cost of creative work. These licence fees are the equivalent of a wage or income to those who produce a creative piece. Every licence fee you pay helps keep those creative processes happening. Your licence fee for APBA enables Broughton Publishing to continue to make available liturgical materials that enhance Anglican ministry.

How this affects you or your Parish

If an individual or organisation reproduces, in part or whole, any of the services or materials contained in APBA, whether it be in electronic, print or projection form, a licence is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our church has bought enough copies of APBA for everyone who comes along to our services. Do we need a licence if we have the books?
If the prayer books are used only for the services you conduct, you don’t need a licence. However, if your church reproduces parts of the APBA content in any printed format such as service sheets and bulletins, or projected onto a screen then a licence is required.

We have been printing out a service sheet for years without a licence. Why do we need one now?
It has always been a condition of use of APBA that if it is reproduced in any form a licence is required. The licence fee revenue is an important part of ensuring that Broughton Publishing can fulfill its mandate to Australian Anglicans, ‘to make available liturgical materials that enhance Anglican ministry.’

Our office secretary typed up the Funeral Service and the Wedding Service why do we need a licence when she did all the work?
The work of producing the original liturgies is done by many individuals and committees of our General Synod. The licence fee covers our ownership of these liturgies, which is known as ‘intellectual property’. The intellectual property relates to the actual words of the services, and it is these words that you are licensed to use.

When we purchase a licence, how long will it last?
The licence is valid for 12 months and you will receive an invoice from us each year when your licence is up for renewal.

How do I obtain a licence for APBA?
Contact our friendly team to receive an APBA licence application form – you can find our details on the Contact Us page of our website.  We can also answer any further questions  you may have in regards to APBA and copyright.

Rt Revd Ross Nicholson
Chairman — Board of Directors
Broughton Publishing Pty Ltd — Publishing Arm of the Anglican Church in Australia