Making Copies

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 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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Church Copyright License® Coverage

Posted by & filed under COPYRIGHT LICENSE (CCL), Making Copies, Projecting Songs, Recording Services.

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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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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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?

Posted by & filed under COPYRIGHT LICENSE (CCL), How to Report, Making Copies, SONGSELECT.

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

Posted by & filed under COPYRIGHT LICENSE (CCL), COPYRIGHT LICENSE ONLINE REPORTING, How to Report, Making Copies, SONGSELECT.

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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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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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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