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.