COPYRIGHT LICENSE (CCL)

* What is a Multi-Site License?

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Does your church hold worship services in multiple sites or campuses? If so, your church would need the Multi-Site License in order to legally include all of your campuses under the coverage of the Church Copyright License®. To determine if your church falls under the requirement for a Multi-Site License, a key identifying factor is that the church and all of […]

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Adding a Campus to an existing Multi-Site License

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To add a campus to your existing Multi-Site license, please provide the following information (list each campus separately): Your Church Copyright License Number Campus Name Physical Address Campus Pastor Regular Attendance You may email this information to Support@ccli.com for processing.  

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Can I change the song lyrics?

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For songs that are still protected by copyright, no changes may be made to the lyrics or to the tune of the song without the permission from the copyright owner(s). According to the Church Copyright License® Terms of Agreement, point 4.1 states: Church agrees that it will not alter or change the basic lyric, melody, or fundamental character of any Song. […]

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Can I copy any song?

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All of the following points must apply in order to copy a song under the Church Copyright License®: The song is copyrighted by a publisher located on our CCLI® Catalog List. The copy is used to assist the congregation in singing or to teach the congregation a new worship song. The copies may not be used by […]

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Can we make rehearsal CDs?

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Yes, for rehearsal purposes for your church ministry, the Rehearse license covers you to create two types of recordings: To copy purchased commercial audio recordings and share them with the worship team or choir as long as the record label is listed as being covered.  Don’t forget to report it! To make your own customized recordings to help your team learn the […]

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Can we perform live music at a coffee house?

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This is not an area that we can legally cover under the Church Copyright License®. An organization’s Church Copyright License® would permit making copies of covered songs for the purpose of leading congregational worship singing during a worship service at a coffee house. If you are performing copyrighted songs, that are not owned by yourself, at […]

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Can we purchase a license for only one of our church services?

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We cannot customize our licenses and services for each church or organization based on who uses or benefits from the coverage. For consistency and for complete legal coverage, licenses and services from CCLI® are assigned to a specific church or to an organization and not to a specific group within the church or organization (i.e. youth service, contemporary […]

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Can we receive a renewal statement in the mail?

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Yes, your organization should receive a renewal statement in the mail approximately 30 days before your licenses/services expire. Our goal is for you to receive it by the first day of your expiration month. All of our communications are sent to the attention of your organization’s Primary Contact so please update the contact information prior to the month of your expiration date in order to ensure […]

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Can we record our worship service?

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One of the rights granted to your organization with the Church Copyright License® (CCL®) is the right to record your worship service by audio or video means, provided the songs are covered under the CCL agreement, and you only record “live” music during your services (instrumental and vocal). This right includes recording your meditations, preludes, postludes, interludes, fanfares, […]

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Can we share our copies with other churches?

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No, the copies made of songs using your Church Copyright License® cannot be shared or used by another organization. The purpose of your Church Copyright License® is to assist your congregation in worship during the services of your ministries and the copies made under your license are to have your organization’s CCL® number on them. If your Church […]

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Can we translate a song into another language?

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Yes, if there is no published version available for your preferred language, under the Church Copyright License® the lyrics of a covered song may be translated from the original published language for the purpose of leading congregational worship singing during your organization’s services. If the song is not covered under the Church Copyright License®, or […]

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Can we use our Church Copyright License for an event?

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No, for single events such as: conferences city-wide services crusades a service sponsored by multiple organizations We offer a 7 day Event Copyright License. Your organization’s standard Church Copyright License® coverage only applies to your congregational worship during your own services. Other services that require some form of payment to attend or are co-sponsored by other organizations […]

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Church Copyright License® Coverage

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The Church Copyright License® (CCL®) is the permission to create song duplications or copies of covered songs in the following manner: Print songs, hymns and lyrics in bulletins, programs, liturgies and song sheets for use in congregational singing. Create your own customized song books or hymnals for use in congregational singing. Create computer projection files, overhead transparencies or […]

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Contact CCLI Customer Service Support

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Inquiries regarding your current licenses and services with CCLI: Phone:  800-234-2446 x 3 during our office hours  7:00 am – 4:00 pm (Pacific), Monday through Friday (Closed public holidays). Email:  Support@ccli.com Please provide your organization’s license number or the organization’s name and address. CCLI 17205 SE Mill Plain Blvd Ste 150 Vancouver, WA 98683 USA    

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Converting to a Multi-Site License

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If your organization already has a Church Copyright License for a single site but you now meet at multiple campuses, we need the following information emailed to Support@ccli.com: Main Campus Campus Name Physical Address Mailing Address Phone Number Primary Contact Name Email Address (Required) Job Title Lead Pastor Email Address Regular Attendance Additional Campuses (list each […]

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Definition of Copy

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We use the word copy to mean any duplication, reproduction, or re-creation of the words and/or musical notation of a song. Here are examples of what we mean when we say copy: Printing or photocopying the song onto paper or transparency sheets using a desktop printer or a photocopier. Downloading or creating a projection file […]

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Do we need a Copyright License if all we want to do is stream our services?

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Yes, the Copyright License® (CCL®) is a pre-requisite for the Streaming License. The CCL covers your organization to duplicate songs during their live worship services, provided the songs are covered and the music is all “live”. Then with Stream  you can legally post your live worship service on your church’s website.

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Do we need a Copyright License?

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Do any of the following activities apply? Do you print or photocopy songs in bulletins, liturgy or handouts for use in your worship service? Do you copy song lyrics and/or music to create your own church songbooks? Do you use projection equipment to project song lyrics to assist with your song service? Do you record your […]

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Does our Copyright License cover putting our worship service on our church’s web site?

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The Copyright License® (CCL®) cannot cover the broadcasting of your services on the Internet. Your organization would need to add the Streaming license in order to stream live or recorded worship services on your organization’s website or on other streaming services that are in the church’s name. The songs need to be covered by your Copyright License and the music is live during your church […]

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Does the Copyright License cover radio or television (cable) broadcasting?

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The Copyright License (CCL) cannot cover the broadcasting of your services on radio or television.  Instead, you may refer to the following companies to obtain a  Broadcast License to use copyrighted songs on the radio or on television: ASCAP at www.ascap.com, or 615-742-5000 BMI at www.bmi.com or 404-261-5151 SESAC at www.sesac.com, or 1-800-826-9996

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Event Copyright License

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The seven day Event License is available for single events such as conferences, special meetings, city-wide meetings, crusades, or camp meetings. Because the Event License is for a shorter period of time, the License Fee is discounted from the Church Copyright License® Annual Fee. The Event License is the same as the Church Copyright License®, […]

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How do I purchase a license or SongSelect?

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Please visit our website, www.ccli.com,  and go to “What We Provide” to obtain information regarding the various licenses and services we offer. Purchase through our online store: Go to www.ccli.com/ > Order/Renew. Call us at 1.800.234.2446 to speak with a representative. Office hours are 7:00 am – 4:00 pm (Pacific), Monday – Friday.

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I lead worship for various ministries. Do I need a license?

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When leading congregational worship singing, if you make or use a copy of copyrighted songs that are not owned by yourself, you would use the coverage of the Church Copyright License® that has been assigned to that church or organization. Their CCL number needs to be included on all copies or song projections. The copies and digital song files […]

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If a book is out of print, is it okay to make copies?

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Although a song book may be out of print, the songs contained in the book may still be under copyright protection. Choral or arrangement music would need permission from the copyright owners of any copyrighted material contained in the book in order to make any copies. With the Copyright License®,  the musical score may be copied from a congregational song […]

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If I can’t find a song in your database, does that mean it’s not covered?

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Not necessarily.  If the song’s copyright owner  is listed on our Authorized Catalogs List, the song would be covered according to the Copyright License® terms of agreement. There are many other reasons the song may not yet appear in our database. You may contact our support team to request a covered song to be added to our database. […]

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If we already have a Church Copyright License, why do we need to change to a Multi-Site license?

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The standard Church Copyright License® (CCL) structure and fees is based upon the traditional church model, which is one church with one location offering one or more services. When your church held services at only one location, the standard Church Copyright License coverage for a single site was sufficient to legally cover you. Now that […]

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Multi-Site Church – How to report

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As a Multi-Site church, each campus is to report their song duplications for your church’s Copyright License Online Report. The 4 categories that are reported for each song are: Print: How many times did you print a new master or a unique song sheet? Digital: How many times did you project the song on the screen for […]

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Our worship team wants to record a worship CD. Is this covered by CCLI®?

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We’re sorry but this is not covered by any licenses offered by CCLI®. If your intention is to record and produce a commercial CD featuring your organization’s worship team you will need to obtain permission from each song’s copyright owner. The coverage under the Church Copyright License® regarding recording is the permission to record the live music during the church’s worship […]

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The copyright owner of our song is different from what you have listed in the database.

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At times, you might notice that the copyright information of your published version of a song doesn’t match the copyright information for the same song in our database. This might be because the copyright ownership has changed since the date that your resource was published. If the song in our database is a perfect match for the title, the […]

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We don’t make copies; we only project lyrics on a screen. Do we still need a Church Copyright License® (CCL®)?

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When projecting song lyrics, your organization is making a copy if they are: Typing the lyrics Copy and Pasting / Inserting lyrics Downloading lyrics Creating a new projection song file Any of the above actions would be covered by the permissions offered with the Church Copyright License®.  

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What are the fees for licenses and services with CCLI?

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Fees will vary depending on your organization’s total attendance and on the type of licensing that will best meet your legal need. For the most accurate information, please go to www.ccli.com and click on the heading, “What We Provide”. The pricing chart is available for all of the licenses and services provided by CCLI.

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What do you mean by a reporting period?

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The reporting requirements for the Copyright License® and the Rehearse License are different. Please see the time frames below: For the Copyright License®: The copy activity reporting schedule is based upon 2 six month reporting periods. Spring/Summer Activity: April 1 – September 30 Fall/Winter Activity: October 1 – March 31 Organizations will be assigned to report […]

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What information do I need to put on my copies or projections?

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What information is included on copies The information required to be viewed with each song is: The Song Title Author(s) The Copyright Notice Your Organization’s CCL Number For example: With a print, this information is to be placed under each song. When projecting a song, it only needs to appear once with the song. It doesn’t […]

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What publishers/copyright owners are covered by the Church Copyright License® (CCL®)?

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Using the Song Search tool located on the right edge of the www.ccli.com Home page, you may research which publishers/copyright owners are covered by the Church Copyright License®: 1.  Click on “Authorized Catalogs List” and wait for it to completely open. Songs copyrighted by the those listed in the “Catalog” column would be covered under the Church […]

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What songs are covered by the Church Copyright License®?

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For the purpose of assisting the congregation, the Church Copyright License® will cover the duplication of any song if one of the song’s copyright owners are contracted with CCLI. We have provided a tool on our website, www.ccli.com, that you may use to research your particular song or copyright owners (Authorized Catalogs). This tool is called SongSearch and the […]

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Where are the top 25 CCLI Songs?

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We now provide a listing of the Top 100 CCLI Songs! To view these at www.ccli.com, you will see a link to view the CCLI Top 100 Songs on the left edge of the home page. You may also view the CCLI Top 100 Songs at www.songselect.com. The list will be updated following each six […]

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Why are there no keyboard arrangements included in SongSelect®?

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Due to our contractual agreements under the Church Copyright License®, arrangement music is not covered for duplication; therefore, we cannot provide arrangement music for keyboards or other instruments, or choirs. Although the Vocal sheets are written in 3 or 4-part harmonies and perhaps are being used by instrumentalists, the intent is for them to be used to assist […]

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