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