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CYA: 6 Things You Need To Know About Online Copyright

June 14, 2012

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CYA: 6 Things You Need To Know About Online Copyright

There has been a large amount of conversation lately around the topic of copyrights. For example: Who owns the copyright for obituaries? Our good friends Robin Heppell and Poul Lemasters are holding a live webinar Friday June 15th (tomorrow) and they are covering the “6 Things You Need To Know About Online Copyright“.

If you are out of the office Friday or worried that you may not be able to sit infront of your computer for an uninterrupted hour, you should still register because they are recording the webinar and it will be downloadable for up to 1 year for anyone who registers.

Here are the details from Robin:

Lawyer and Funeral Director, Poul Lemasters is joining me for very insightful and timely webinar:

Title: CYA: 6 Things You Need To Know About Online Copyright

Date: Fri, June 15, 2012

Time: 11:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM MDT / 1:00 PM CDT / 2:00 PM EDT / 3:00 PM ADT

The price of admission is very small compared to what legal fees you may be exposing yourself to.

You can register at:

CYA: 6 Things You Need To Know About Online Copyright

  1. Use of Photos from the Internet
    • What photos you can use
    • What photos you cannot use
    • Where to find photos to use
    • How to ask for permission for photos
  2. Obituaries: Who Owns the Copyright?
    • Does the the funeral home, family or newspaper?
    • How to protect your firm and the client family
    • Does posting it first to your website before appearing in the newspaper have any value?
  3. Literature Use
    • Best practices for using poems
    • Is scripture from the Bible different than poems?
    • Is using a hymn like Amazing Grace different?
  4. Music Use
    • What are the limitation of Music Licenses?
    • Can you purchase multiple copies of music from iTunes to create multiple DVDs?
    • What is Royalty Free music and where can you find it?
  5. Video on the Web
    • How does the use of pictures and music apply as previously mentioned?
    • What about live streaming video and its implications regarding reading copyrighted material?
    • Does it change things when the video of the service is recorded and put up online or burned to a DVD?
  6. What to do if you are accused of copyright infringement
    • What is the difference between a Cease & Desist letter and a Demand letter?
    • What should you do if you receive a letter for copyright infringement?

Also there will be a Q & A period, so please email me your questions before the webinar.

Enroll today so that you can make sure that you don’t the mistakes that other funeral homes are making:

You can register at:

I hope to see you on Friday!


More Information about Poul Lemasters, Esq.

Poul Lemasters is an attorney and a funeral director. The combination of law and industry experience creates a solid foundation for assisting others. However, Lemasters Consulting offers even more because we remain active and very involved in the industry. In a constantly evolving field you and your business need a resource that is part of the change and current with the laws and the trends.

Poul Lemasters began as a Funeral Director. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and then completed a funeral director and embalmer’s apprenticeship. After becoming a licensed funeral director and embalmer, Poul went on to work at a local, family owned funeral home. He continued as a funeral director/embalmer and worked at several funeral homes ranging from family-owned to corporate-owned; from working as a staff of one to managing a staff of many. After ten years in the funeral home arena, Poul began his pursuit of a law degree.

While working as a full-time funeral director, Poul attended the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at night. After a short 3 1/2 years of night school, and passing the bar exam, Poul became an attorney.

Poul switched gears and started working as a defense litigator with the ultimate pursuit of combining the fields of funeral and law. The opportunity to combine his funeral and law background presented itself when Poul was asked to join the Alderwoods Group and serve as in-house counsel. Poul joined Alderwoods and handled various matters and issues for Cemeteries, Crematories, Funeral Homes and Insurance Companies across the United States. Issues included: state and federal regulatory compliance, form management, employee matters, contract claims, customer dispute, and litigation.

After successfully combining both a legal and funeral background, Poul made another move to join Rosenacker & Associates. While at Rosenacker & Associates, Poul continued to serve Funeral Industry Professionals by providing both legal and business management consulting. Poul also pursued an increased knowledge in the funeral industry and better understanding of current trends affecting the industry.

Regiser for Poul’s webinar at: