Copyright and Licensing
Most churches need a copyright licence. It is most likely that will be a CCL (Church Copyright Licence). The table below gives you more information.
Click on the name of a licence for full details of what that licence covers. When you know which licences you need, you can view the licence fees and apply online directly with the relevant company.
|CCL||MRL||PRS for Music||CLA||CVL||PPL||Song Select Basic||Song Select Advanced Melody|
|Reproduce the words of hymns and worship songs (e.g. projection)||♦|
|Photocopy hymns and songs from authorised publications||♦||♦|
|Perform live music outside times of worship for social activities||♦|
|Play music from a sound recording outside times of worship (e.g. social activities, youth groups etc.)||♦||♦|
|Make audio / video recordings of church services for non-commercial use||♦|
|Play music from a sound recording during times of worship, weddings & funerals||No licence required|
|Show films or film scenes outside times of worship||♦||♦|
|Show film scenes during times of worship only||♦|
|Photocopy from magazines or non-music books||♦|
|Download Song Lyrics||♦||♦|
|Download song lyrics, chord sheets & lead sheets||♦||♦|
Alcohol licensing for churches
If your church is holding a fundraising event and you wish to sell alcohol please adhere to the guidelines stated here.
Images for use online and in print
Please ensure that you have permission to use images anywhere online – your website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – as well as in print.
There is a common misperception that images online are in the public domain and can be reused. On the contrary, you should presume that all online content is copyright and you do not have permission to use it yourself without consent from the copyright holder.