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CCLI Copyright License Manual

CCLI Copyright License Manual

The CCLI® Copyright License™ is the most comprehensive, convenient, and cost effective means of copyright clearance available for songs used in congregational singing. As a license holder, you have the advantage of creating your own worship aids, custom tailored to your church’s specific needs. Also, the Copyright License covers a vast selection of song titles to keep your worship services fresh and creative.

What the CCLI Copyright License covers

  • Enter and store song lyrics in a computer for visual projection to assist with congregational singing.
  • Print songs, hymns and lyrics in bulletins, programs, liturgies and songsheets for use in congregational singing.
  • Create your own customized songbooks or hymnals for use in congregational singing.
  • Create computer graphics, overhead transparencies, slides, or use any other format whereby songs are visually projected for use in congregational singing.
  • Arrange, print and copy your own vocal or instrumental arrangements of songs for congregational use, where no published version is available.
  • Translate song lyrics into another language for congregational singing, where no published version is available.
  • Record your worship services by audio or video means, provided you only record “live” music (instrumental and vocal). Accompaniment tracks cannot be reproduced. You may charge up to $4.00 (U.S.) / $5.00 (CAN) each for CDs or audio tapes, and $12.00 (U.S.) / $15.00 (CAN) each for DVDs or video tapes. The quantity of recorded copies allowed per service cannot exceed 15% of the maximum number of your church size category.

What the Copyright License does not cover

  • Photocopy or duplicate octavos, cantatas, musicals, handbell music, keyboard arrangements, vocal scores, orchestrations or other instrumental works.
  • Rent, sell, lend, or distribute copies made under the Copyright License to individuals or groups outside the church, or to other churches. However, you may distribute tapes to shut-ins, missionaries, or others outside the church.
  • Assign or transfer the Copyright License to any other church or group without CCLI’s approval.

Essential Information

This is an annual license

All terms are in effect only when the license is active. If the license is not renewed, all rights are terminated effective on the expiration date, and all song copies made under the license agreement must be destroyed. For more details, see the Terms of Agreement. Should you have questions or desire further information regarding the Copyright License, please contact Customer Support

This license does not convey the right to photocopy octavos, cantatas, musicals, orchestrations, vocal scores, handbell music or other instrumental arrangements.

Congregational Single Song Sheet (CSS)

A Congregational Single Song Sheet (“CSS”) is a single song which is found in a compilation of songs intended for congregational use (i.e., a hymnal or chorus book). These songs can be photocopied into bulletins, congregational songbooks, congregational songsheets, or placed on a computer graphic, slide or transparency. However, the above activity only applies if the song owner is covered under the Authorized Catalog List, and only if the purpose is to assist the congregation in singing.

Customer Support

If you have any questions or comments concerning the CCLI Copyright License, please feel free to contact Customer Support or call 1-800-234-2446.

Recording Your Services

One of the rights granted to you with the Copyright License is the right to record your worship service. This right includes recording your meditations, preludes, postludes, interludes, fanfares, plus handbell, vocal and instrumental specials. Please be sure to report these when it is your time to complete a Copy Report.

Accompaniment Tracks

In order to record an accompaniment track, you will need permission from the producer of the accompaniment track. An accompaniment track has two copyright owners – the owner of the song on the track, and the company that produced the accompaniment track. Your Copyright License covers the song if it is from the Authorized Catalog List , but it does not cover the copying of the actual accompaniment track itself. Permission would need to be obtained from the producer of the accompaniment track.

Copyright Notice

License Holders are responsible for including a copyright notice on all songs reproduced under the Copyright License. The copyright notice should include song title, writer credit(s) and copyright information as follows:

Words and music by John Doe
©2000 Good Music Co
CCLI License #

License Holder Duties

The following requirements are the responsibility of the License Holder as stated under the terms of the Copyright License agreement.

  • Song Editing
    The following activities are prohibited under the terms of the license agreement: altering or changing the lyrics, melody or fundamental character of any song covered under the Copyright License.
  • Copyright Notice:
    License Holders are responsible for including a copyright notice on all songs reproduced under the Copyright License. The copyright notice should include song title, writer credit(s) and copyright information as follows:”Hallelujah” words and music by John Doe
    ©2000 Good Music Co.
    CCLI License #
  • Copy Report:
    As a License Holder, you will be required to report your song copying activity once every 2 1/2 years. You will receive a letter of notification when it’s your turn to report. The letter will explain how to complete the Copy Report online. Your completed Copy Report is a vital element of the Copyright License, as it allows us to accurately process and distribute royalties to songwriters and copyright owners.
  • License Renewal:
    The Copyright License is an annual agreement. To ensure continuous coverage, the license must be renewed yearly, prior to the expiration date. A renewal notice will be sent 75 days before expiration for your convenience.
  • Terms of Agreement:
    Please be sure to read the Terms of Agreement for complete information on the Copyright License coverage. This official document that details the rights and restrictions of the license agreement. If you have any questions regarding the Terms of Agreement or the information above, please feel free to contact Customer Support or call 1-800-234-2446.
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