Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI)

Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI)

We hold several licences from CCLI covering a range of copyright and performance issues. Full details are available from the CCLI website. Several of these licences require usage reporting in order to ensure fair distribution of licence fees to copyright holders. Reporting does not imply paying any additional fee.

CCL 55360 Church Copyright Licence, permits reproduction of song words for use in worship services. We have to report the number of times we project or print words for songs. We do not have to report when we sing songs from books that we own. We do have to report songs taken from our online SongSelect subscription. Ideally this should be reported weekly.
MRL 55360 Music Reproduction Licence, supplemental to CCL, permits copying of sheet music for musicians’ use, provided that a legal copy is already held. If it is copied from a book then you must own the book. This also covers material downloaded from SongSelect. We have to report the number of individual copies printed. Copies can be re-used without reporting them again. Ideally this should be reported weekly.
CLA 586846 Copyright Licensing Agency, permits photocopying of non-music publications for use in church, e.g. magazine articles about evangelism, worship, health & safety, pages from study guides, games & puzzles for children’s activities, drama scripts, quizzes for social events, etc. Some magazines contain photocopyable materials where permission is already given. We need to report title, author, publisher and ISBN every time we make a copy. Ideally this should be reported weekly.
PRS 586839 Performing Rights Society, permits live performance of any work in copyright, on any occasion. PRS represents the rights of the composers/authors of the work. Our licence already covers us for up to 6 concerts per year so no reporting is required. Above that we would be considered a performance venue and would need to get a separate licence directly from PRS.
PPL 1662006 Public Performance Licence, supplemental to PRS, permits playing of commercial audio recordings, on any occasion. PPL represents the rights of the performers on the recording. We have to report annually on works performed that are not part of a religious service, so this would include coffee mornings, exhibitions, etc. Services, weddings and funerals do not require reporting. We do not have to report every individual track, but we do need to indicate the proportion of Christian, Classical, Choral, Pop, etc. styles by percentage. There is also a list of publishers and we have to say whether we use them often/sometime/never.
CVL 586860 Church Video Licence, playing of DVD/film in copyright during church services, and on any occasion if a PRS licence is also held. Holding this licence also gives us free standard membership of Screenvue which offers free downloadable movie clips, which could be used in talks and sermons. No reporting is required.