Copyright & Licensing

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Copyright & Licensing

Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) enables real-time access to licensed Christian music while easing the burden of administration in the many complex issues related to copyright. CCLI licences are a simple alternative to seeking direct permission from each copyright owner.

Church Copyright Licence (CCL) permits licence holders to:

  • Project or print out the words and music of worship songs and hymns in CCLI catalogues.
  • Record services on behalf of those unable to attend (not stream).
  • Create custom musical arrangements where no published version exists.
  • Create custom translations of song lyrics where no published version exists.

Church Video Licence (CVL) covers a huge range of films and many major studios, including: Fox, Paramount, Universal, DreamWorks, Focus Features and NBC/Universal Television. CVL permits licence holders to:

  • Publicly show film scenes during services.
  • Publicly show full-length films during church programs & social activities.

Music Reproduction Licence (MRL) permits licence holders to:

  • Photocopy or scan print music from CCLI publications catalogues.
  • Share sheet music digitally—such as by emailing PDFs to others or by downloading music from a file-sharing app.
  • Make additional copies of music obtained from the Song Select Subscription Service*.

NB: Song Select is not a license, but Worship Arts manage a group purchase of Advanced category subscription plans as part of Group Licensing Agreements. For more information on Song Select please see Resources page. (link to our Resources page)

Public Performance License (PPL) permits licence holders to:

This permits license holders to publicly perform music during on-site activities other than worship services (i.e. corps programs, activities and special events).

NB: This licence does not include performing music at locations other than your licensed mission location – see One Music CG Licence.

A CCLI Streaming License is an additional requirement for locations who live stream their worship services online. It is currently not available for group purchase and should be directly arranged/renewed with CCLI. For more information on how to do this please contact Worship Arts.

For T&C and more info on these licenses see https://au.ccli.com/copyright-licences/#church-licences

Big Movie Studio Licence (BMSL) permits churches to show films and film clips from the production studios not covered by the CVL. For corps (churches and worship centres), this is the only church licence that covers Disney, Roadshow, Sony, Marvel, Warner Bros, Pixar, eOne, Transmission and more.  For full details read more on the official site: 

Big Movie Studio Licence

OneMusic Australia is a recent joint initiative between APRA AMCOS and PPCA. The two music rights bodies have come together to provide easy legal access for music customers.

Worship Arts has continued to work closely with OneMusic through this process. Recently, OneMusic has transferred administration of their Church Public Performance Licensing to CCLI, to be more easily managed alongside other church specific licenses – this is now the PPL described above and will be group managed for all corps expressions requiring any public use of music.

However, due to other changes in licensing structures, some locations and groups may also now require additional licences:

  • Community Group Performance Licence – this permits performance groups to publicly perform music at locations outside their mission expression location.
  • Background Music Licence (Retail) - Corps-managed Family Stores should hold this licence in order to publicly play background music in their premises. Please contact Worship Arts if you are not sure your Family Store has been included in the group arrangement.

Other Licences and Exceptions:

Not everything in the new Salvation Army Songbook is covered through CCLI, TSA or is Public Domain.  Coverage for the projection of lyrics and music for a number of pieces like I, the Lord of Sea and Sky is covered by OneLicence.net and managed by Worship Arts.

If you cannot find a piece that you are using on CCLI’s Online Reporting Tool, please contact worshiparts@salvationarmy.org.au and we will seek clearance for you.

 

Licences available to you

See this table (link to What License Do I Need pdf) for a list of licenses & the activities they include to help you confirm which are appropriate for your location.

Group License agreements exist for:

  • CCL (all corps/centres with a worship service)
  • PPL (all corps/centres publicly playing or performing music)
  • CVL & Heritage BMSL (all corps with a worship service/regular activities)
  • MRL & Song Select -Advanced (all corps requiring print music & music reproduction for music teams).
  • Retail BKG (all corps managed Family Stores)

Centres can make their own arrangements for these licences:

  • Song Select -Premium* - please contact Worship Arts to opt out of group
  • CCLI Streaming Licence
  • Special event licences for anything not covered by PPL – grand works (e.g. musicals); ticketed events priced at more than $40 admission.
  • Retail licences for any commercial enterprise run by the corps other than Family Stores (e.g. Café).

NB: It is helpful to keep Worship Arts informed if you are adding or changing licences to avoid duplications or loss of cover.

Yes, CCL and MRL Licence Terms & Conditions request you to report on your song usage. You can do this online at https://olr.ccli.com/ when you have created a CCLI Profile and logged in. For easy how-to steps see https://au.ccli.com/reporting/ or check out our Reporting Guide (link to pdf – still to come).

Copyright & Licensing FAQ'S

See this table (link to What License Do I Need pdf) for a list of licenses & the activities they include to help you confirm which are appropriate for your location.

Group License agreements exist for:

  • CCL (all corps/centres with a worship service)
  • PPL (all corps/centres publicly playing or performing music)
  • CVL & Heritage BMSL (all corps with a worship service/regular activities)
  • MRL & Song Select -Advanced (all corps requiring print music & music reproduction for music teams).
  • Retail BKG (all corps managed Family Stores)

Centres can make their own arrangements for these licences:

  • Song Select -Premium* - please contact Worship Arts to opt out of group
  • CCLI Streaming Licence
  • Special event licences for anything not covered by PPL – grand works (e.g. musicals); ticketed events priced at more than $40 admission.
  • Retail licences for any commercial enterprise run by the corps other than Family Stores (e.g. Café).

NB: It is helpful to keep Worship Arts informed if you are adding or changing licences to avoid duplications or loss of cover.

Yes, CCL and MRL Licence Terms & Conditions request you to report on your song usage. You can do this online at https://olr.ccli.com/ when you have created a CCLI Profile and logged in. For easy how-to steps see https://au.ccli.com/reporting/ or check out our Reporting Guide (link to pdf – still to come).

For full details of each of the CCLI licenses and their Terms & Conditions, visit their website: https://au.ccli.com/copyright-licences/#church-licences

For the OneMusic Licenses, head to https://onemusic.com.au/licences/

For CCLI - Log in to the CCLI Profile Page, under Account, choose View Licences and Services and press the Download Certificate button. For others, please contact Worship Arts.

This depends on several factors. Some licences are on a sliding scale based on congregational size while others may be a flat yearly fee. Also, not every location needs every licence. And the majority of TSA licences receive a significant discount as TSA group manages their purchase.

As a guide, a congregation of less than 50 attenders on average will pay approximately $553 a year for the basic combination (undiscounted cost $641). A congregation of 200 and above is approximately $1933 a year (undiscounted would be $2309).

While this might seem expensive, it is considerably less than many churches have (sadly) been pursued for through legal action, for not considering this a matter worthy of attention. Our licence agreements on average represent approximately $5-20 per year, per attendee. This small cost allows Salvo congregations to minister with the freedom of knowing they are complying with Australia law, respecting the content creators supporting their activities, and honouring God.