Grand Haven, MI asked in Copyright for Michigan

Q: My church wants to use video clips from the movie Passion of the Christ in our Good Friday service. Is there a legal way

We have two services, the videos would be shown in service with a VoiceOver and the main clips would be from the movie "Passion of the Christ".

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Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • West Palm Beach, FL

A: 17 USC 110(3) exempts from infringement the display of a work during "the course of services at a place of worship or other religious assembly." My church, and many others, usually sells recordings of that day's message. However, I would caution against that because the sale of the work will not fit under the exemption. If you have other questions or would like further legal assistance, please feel free to email me at

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