Robert Schuller seeks $ 5M in Crystal Cathedral bankruptcy case

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Throughout his nearly two hours of testimony, Schuller was firm on one idea: He had always allowed the Crystal Cathedral to use his books and other works without receiving royalties, but the work was his nonetheless – and not property of the ministry.

"We never had anything in writing. We just had an understanding," Schuller said – "a gentleman's understanding."

As long as the ministry did not sell his materials to competitors, it could use them for the profit of the cathedral. One of the most common uses was the church's giveaway of books to donors to the Hour of Power television program.

Schuller did not receive royalties for the books, sharing all the profits with the church, he said.
"I allowed the ministry to use it," Schuller testified. "I did not give ownership to any one."