Copyright matters because we want to honour God: to model integrity and best practise by respecting and honouring the creators of the material used to support worship activities.
This means being mindful of what content we use and how it is sourced. The right to decide how a work is used belongs to the creator and/or owner of that work, so it is important to respect this right and obtain permission before using it. This may require more than one license because works can exist in various forms which involve different rights management areas (e.g. performance, recording, reproduction, etc.).
IMPORTANT: Reporting Usage
As part of License terms & conditions, CCLI request that holders report on song usage in worship services, covered by Church Copyright Licenses, Streaming/Streaming Plus Licenses, and Music Reproduction Licenses. This allows CCLI to distribute royalties from license fees more accurately to the relevant song owners.
You don’t currently have to report on video usage (CVL and Heritage), or on general public performances at activities other than worship services (PPL and OneMusic).
- Some works are in the Public Domain if their creator died more than 70 years ago and their copyright was not otherwise renewed or purchased. These works may be used without licensing/permission.
- Any works entirely created and owned by The Salvation Army (e.g. Songbook songs marked © The General of the Salvation Army) may also be used within The Salvation Army without requiring additional permission.
- Anything that is your own original work may be used at your discretion (unless commissioned by or assigned to a third party).
- Everything else is made or owned by a third party and permission must be granted to use it.