A big part of learning new songs is being able to get the “feel,” “flow” or style of a song. This can’t really be communicated effectively with typical chord sheets or lead sheets.
One of the best ways is to HEAR an original recording of the song (or a recorded version that you prefer). So a worship leader or music director would love to be able to make “rehearsal” copies of songs for each team member. There’s just one problem: unless you have permission, it’s not legal. Read more
Does Your Church Zumba, Hold Concerts or Pageants, or Otherwise Utilize Music Outside of the Worship Service? You Might Need a License.
Churches often play music at various events other than their regular worship services, such as social events, fundraisers, special concerts, pageants, music-on-hold, exercise classes, etc. Your CCLI license, does not cover you for these functions. Read more
This excellent post is provided by our ministry partner, Christian Copyright Solutions:
It sure would be nice if one license covered everything churches want to do when it comes to using copyrighted material. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and it can leave cracks in your copyright coverage if churches put all their eggs in one basket with only one license. Read more
Our praise team records songs on CDs and our church gives them away for outreach. We don’t charge or take any donations for them. Is that okay?
Creating CDs of music performed by your church’s worship band can be a wonderful outreach tool, but if the songs you’re using are not in the Public Domain, licensing is required.
First, it’s important to realize that whether you’re selling the CD or giving it away at no charge, you still have a legal obligation to obtain permission from the copyright owner. Read more
Today, I pose a question that is commonly asked concerning copyright compliance and licensing to our partners at CopyrightSolver:
My church has the CCLI license and I thought that, with that, we were copyright compliant. Now I’m hearing about other licenses. Why can’t we just get one to cover everything, and how do we know what we need? Read more
Copyright compliance can be overwhelming for most church leaders. Obtaining proper licenses for compliance is often a confusing, difficult and time-consuming process. With that in mind, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is partnering with CopyrightSolver by Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS) to provide churches with the answers and resources they need. CopyrightSolver’s goal in this partnership is to make copyrights simple for North Carolina Baptist churches. Read more
Often, to help our instrumentalists and vocalists learn new music, we distribute audio files or CDs to our musicians so that they can listen to the music and learn it more quickly. This practice in only legal if you have purchased the same quantity of the song as you wish to distribute OR acquired the appropriate license for each song (see previous post). Read more
In a previous post, I discussed three licenses that must be understood if your church wishes to produce DVDs and CDs containing copyrighted music. Today, I will discuss which of these are needed for specific projects you may be considering. Read more
Many churches wish to produce a CD or DVD for sale or distribution. When these projects include copyrighted material, such as a song, there are licenses that that must be secured to comply with copyright laws. This whole area can seem rather complicated, but once you understand three basic types of licenses, the daunting task of legally producing your CD or DVD becomes much easier. Today, I will discuss the three licenses. Next week, I will continue with the specifics for the projects. Read more
As we continue our discussion of copyright issues, I have included some excellent material from the Music Publishers Association that helps churches better understand the copyright law. Keep in mind that a CCLI license does cover you in several of these activities. See my previous post for particulars. Read more
From my observation, it seems that the majority of churches are not in compliance with their CCLI license requirements when it comes to displaying the copyright information. Merely possessing a copyright license is not enough for your church to comply with the copyright laws. Proper display of copyright information is another important piece of legality. Today, I hope to clear up the misunderstandings of what is required.
I am constantly asked questions about what is legal and what is not legal when it comes to making copies of music or lyrics in the church. My hope is that this post will make things clearer for everyone. Anytime you copy music or lyrics or distribute recordings of music that is copyrighted, you MUST get permission from the copyright owners. Christian Copyright Licensing International provides affordable solutions for churches in dealing with copyright issues. Read more