Copy Permission Policy
The U.S. Copyright Office's concept of Fair Use is primarily intended to disseminate college research for
educational (that is, non-profit) purposes. Accordingly, no limits are put on students for incorporating a
published author's verbatim (word-for-word) statements in his/her own work. The assumption is that the
student's critique (in a PowerPoint presentation or a Master's Thesis as two examples) will be freely
available to other college researchers, that is, neither sold nor published.
Fair Use also extends to published for-resale materials, but the government does not mandate percentage
limits of verbatim quotes from a published author. While the Copyright Office allows some non-specified
minimal verbatim quoting, it's assumed that prospective authors will request formal permission to extract
and incorporate any sizable word-for-word volumes from established authors. This is to protect authors'
original verbal content and style. There are no limits on concepts (ideas).
Fair Use does not protect against Copyright Law infringements. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act
gives the owner of the copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
- Reproduce the work in copies or media;
- Prepare derivative works based on originals;
- Distribute copies or media of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by
rental, lease, or lending;
- Perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, panto-
mimes, motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
- Display the copyrighted work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic
works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a
motion picture or other audiovisual work; and in the case of sound recordings, to perform the work
publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.
Why don't Bible-Study producing Ministries freely give away all their materials for free re-distribution? There
are several reasons:
- They have to cover the material and labor costs to produce their products and services for the same
reason a church has to pay for its own materials, building, utilities, pastoral and administrative staff. To
not cover expenses is to go out of business, meaning to go out of ministry.
- They have to safeguard author originality based on "honor to whom honor is due" (Romans 13:7) and
more importantly biblical accuracy and integrity. Precept's inductive studies are the product of a unique
inductive study method and a long iterative development cycle that includes a dynamic piloting process
with extensive leader and student feedback (peer review) prior to production. Courses are integrated to
learn "the whole counsel of God." Copyrights secure product integrity against (hopefully unintentional)
misuse: fragmenting, misquoting and (worst case) tampering: deleting, adding to, and changing content.
- All Ministries give away some of their materials and services and Precept is no exception. PMI charges
for products and services but also raises donations not just to cover production costs but also to
subsidize training and materials and their distribution to people in nearly 150 countries, most who can afford
no more than bare living essentials. This is our ministry to Jesus' most needy brethren and in fact
your ministry if you're associated with us.
Precept Ministries does not allow the reproduction or transmission of
any of its copyrighted products in whole or in part in any form or by
any means electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and
recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without
the prior written permission of the publisher.
This includes NASB Scripture references the Lockman Foundation has
copyrighted but given us permission to quote in our materials.
- The first lessons of Precept Upon Precept (PUP) studies (free downloads from our web site)
leaders are authorized to copy the first one or two lessons when
complete workbooks are scheduled to arrive late (after the first class)
- Free Study Guides for Precepts For Life programs (also downloadable)
PMI does not allow any reproduction or transmission of audio tapes, CDs, or DVDs
- A one-time conversion from audio or visual tapes to CD or DVD.
- A one-time download to an Ipod for listening or viewing
- Church (only) one-time duplication to produce a vaulted master in
case of product deterioration. The original and copy (master) may not be
installed or used concurrently on two CPUs.
To obtain permission to copy Precept materials
Please send the information requested below to:
Mail: Editorial Department
Precept Ministries International
P.O. Box 182218
Chattanooga, TN 37422
Please note: we do not take requests by phone.
For each Title include:
- Title and Author(s)
- Copyright date
- Specific Quotes or Visuals (maps, charts, etc.)
- Line Numbers
- Class: Size, Location, and Date(s)
- Number of Copies