About songs, specifically the third list of songs you get in Proclaim - Faithlife Hymn Database … Question - Are these ones all public domain? And a comment - It seems weirdly ironic that Faithlife's own set of lyrics don't load by default with author attribution and copyright fields filled. Could that be rectified?
Lance Lawton — EditedThanks, Justin. Yes I am finding something different. I haven't picked from that list often for various reasons. But I did recently, and the fields at the bottom were all blank. In case it matters, the actual hymn was "Stand Up, and Bless the Lord", for which the author is James Montgomery. (But I had to find that detail elsewhere). Apart from the author, there's the copyright as well. That may well be "Public domain" in every case. But it seems silly to have to manually type that in, when the software we're using is Faithlife's own product.
- It's a minor point. But it seems worth the comment, given that one purpose of an app like Proclaim is to minimise manual editing for time efficiency.
- I've an advance project for documenting hymns and songs for OMS Japanese Christian, and I always go on the premise that the original copyrights are still in effect. Most pre-1916 United States publishers that did not affiliate with any of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC); or Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI); would be members of the Music Publishers' Association of America (MPA). Overseas publishers of origin would be affiliates of their countries' mechanical-copyright organizations.