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How Do I Know If This Request Is Legitimate?

  1. vocalcoach profile image93
    vocalcoachposted 2 years ago

    I received the following email today.  I'm tempted to give permission. How do I know if this is legitimate?

    Dear Audrey,

    Our dear Catholic School piano teacher has passed away after 50 years of service.  I happened upon your poem, "Little Fingers of Love".  I would like to use an excerpt or the whole poem on the back of her funeral program, because it fits her 'ministry to our children" so perfectly. 

    Would this be possible?  If so, what 'reference' would you like me to use as 'copyright'?

    Thank you,
    Nancy Veronesi
    Director of Worship
    St. Joseph's Church - Penfield, NY
    www.sjcpenfield.com
    @SJCWorship

    1. LCDWriter profile image95
      LCDWriterposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      It sounds pretty legit and harmless to me.

      1. vocalcoach profile image93
        vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you. I feel good about this now.

    2. CatherineGiordano profile image89
      CatherineGiordanoposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      It sounds sincere.  Perhaps you could track down the person and speak to her personally.  .

      1. vocalcoach profile image93
        vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Good idea.  Thank you.

    3. cfin profile image78
      cfinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Firstly, don't click on the link they included. Type it into google. If it comes up as a legitimate website for a church, I think you are safe enough emailing them back and granting permission.
      If still in doubt, call the phone number for that specific church as shown through google, and speak to someone.

      1. vocalcoach profile image93
        vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks for your advice.

    4. brakel2 profile image86
      brakel2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      This church is near my former home, and my husband has been to that church. A school is part of that church property,  Sounds legit. You are blessed, Audrey.

    5. bravewarrior profile image94
      bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Audrey, someones else posted something just like this not too long ago, with almost the same wording. That raises a huge flag with me. I would not give permission. In fact, you may want to do some investigating.

      1. vocalcoach profile image93
        vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Sha.

    6. Marketing Merit profile image88
      Marketing Meritposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Nancy is listed as the Worship Director on this page.
      http://www.sjcpenfield.com/staff-blogs

      You're only giving permission for your poem to be used on this one occasion. Most people wouldn't even have the common decency to ask, to be perfectly honest.

      Plus, the website was registered in 2012 to:



      All seems pretty legit to me.

      1. vocalcoach profile image93
        vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I appreciate the time you've taken to check this out. I have given my permission.  Thanks.

    7. no body profile image90
      no bodyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I think you should let them. I have had people ask me if I cared whether they used my articles. I also had a church use a poem and then adapt it to their use. I was a little irked with them that they changed the poem but I understood why they did it and made peace with the situation. I have had much more positives than negatives with allowing people to use my stuff. I would let them.

  2. Uzochukwu Mike profile image56
    Uzochukwu Mikeposted 2 years ago

    If you do not know about the address (the church), just forget it.

    1. vocalcoach profile image93
      vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks.

  3. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 2 years ago

    A live event is not going to do you any harm-- and you are only giving permission for use at that named event . I would just say what name to credit it to and say ok.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image86
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      This.

      1. vocalcoach profile image93
        vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I agree.  Thanks.

    2. Barbara Kay profile image86
      Barbara Kayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I agree. I let someone at a church use my hub about prayer for a sermon. I never had any problems and received a nice thank you note later.

      1. vocalcoach profile image93
        vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        How nice. Makes me feel good.  Thank you.

    3. vocalcoach profile image93
      vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Sounds good!  Thank you.

  4. Dressage Husband profile image80
    Dressage Husbandposted 2 years ago

    I just checked out the link and think it would be fine. Unless scammers are faking an entire church website with Google map and even a church with that name at their address. Just ask why they would do that? More importantly how would they be able to get Google to put the church there?

    There is no logical explanation other than someone in the congregation has seen and liked your poem. This appears to me to be a genuine request. Do what your heart feels is right, and ask that they credit you at the service maybe give out your url too so that people can look up your other work.

    They are a Catholic church FYI.

    1. vocalcoach profile image93
      vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Great advice.  Thank you for taking time to check out the link.

      1. Dressage Husband profile image80
        Dressage Husbandposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        My pleasure smile

  5. Billie Kelpin profile image91
    Billie Kelpinposted 2 years ago

    I'd be flattered if that was sent to me!  Just the fact that someone is asking your permission to USE your poem and asking how they can credit you indicates clearly that this person is respectful and understanding of a writer's work.  The "dear" almost threw me until I read the rest of the email.   I'm always suspect of the use of "dear", but in context this makes perfect sense.  This is a lovely tribute to your writing, I'd say smile

  6. Jodah profile image87
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    Sounds legit. I'd take it as a compliment and a way of highlighting my work. They were respectful enough to ask about copyright credit etc.

  7. incomeguru profile image91
    incomeguruposted 2 years ago

    Congratulations! More traffic coming your way soon. smile

  8. clivewilliams profile image76
    clivewilliamsposted 2 years ago

    Firstly, if it is genuine, Congratulation my dear. But check out the legitimacy first.

    1. vocalcoach profile image93
      vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I decided to go with this request and received a lovely thank you note.  Thanks.

      1. Dressage Husband profile image80
        Dressage Husbandposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        smile

  9. firstcookbooklady profile image84
    firstcookbookladyposted 2 years ago

    Go to their web page and find their phone number and call it. First of all, I am sure they would be tickled pink to get personalized approval...

    1. vocalcoach profile image93
      vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for this info.

  10. profile image0
    Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago

    Agree as long as your name is included as the Author.
    The second you write something it becomes your copyrighted material

  11. WillStarr profile image89
    WillStarrposted 2 years ago

    Crooks don't ask. They just steal your work. I would be very flattered.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Actually, someone had a very similar request some time back, and it turned out it WAS a scam, so I think she was right to check things out carefully.    This one looks legit.

    2. vocalcoach profile image93
      vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Just what I needed to hear Bill. I granted permission. Thanks.

  12. Shorebirdie profile image87
    Shorebirdieposted 2 years ago

    I think it's OK.  They're just asking to use your poem for something non-commercial.  Keep their request and address as a record in case you see it pop up somewhere unexpected.

 
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