4 Copyright License® Reporting Categories Defined

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The four (4) categories that are tracked for the Church Copyright License Report are as follows:

Print:  This category represents the physical reproduction of a song.

Some common copying activities of the church are:

  • Bulletins
  • Song Sheets
  • Songbooks
  • Overhead Transparencies or Slides
  • Customized Musical Arrangements

Action: Report one (1) credit each time a song is printed in a bulletin, on a song sheet, in a songbook, on a transparency or slide, or when you create a customized arrangement.


A song was printed in the weekly church bulletin and 200 copies of the bulletin were printed for the congregation.  You would report the song as one (1) Print credit; not 200.

A worship leader created 3 musical arrangements of a song for the trumpet, the saxophone, and the guitar. Only report one (1) Print credit for the act of creating a customized arrangement of the song, no matter how many different arrangements were made of the song.

A song was printed on a song sheet and copies were distributed to ten worship leaders for this week’s worship service. You would only report one (1) Print credit for that song, not 10. Two months later, you use the same song on a new song sheet and distribute copies to your ten worship leaders. You would add another one (1) Print credit to represent another reproduction of that song.

You print a Lyric Sheet, a Chord Sheet and a Lead Sheet for a song. You would report three (3) Print credits to represent each type of song sheet (Chord & Lead).

You print a Lead Sheet for a song in the key of D, F, and C. You would only report one (1) Print credit for the lead sheet, no matter how many different keys you printed.

Digital:  This category represents the projection of songs electronically.

The common use of the church:  Projecting songs through a presentation software.

Action: Report one (1) credit each time a song is projected in a church service. 


If a song is projected in three Sunday morning services, report three (3) digital credits.  If it is projected again in the evening service, add another (1) credit.  Again, in the mid-week service, add another (1) credit.  It’s projected in the youth group gathering, add another (1) credit.  In this example, six (6) credits are reported for this song from this week of church activities. 

Recording:  This category represents the recording of congregational singing and live instrumentation during your service. An audio master and video master are reported separately.

Action:  Report one (1) recording credit for each audio master and one (1) recording credit for each video master; not how many copies were made and distributed.

Example:  A church distributed 15 CDs of their Sunday morning worship service and they made 1 video recording of the service. You would report (2) recording credits to represent the 1 audio master recording and the 1 video master recording.

Translation:  This category represents the translation of a song’s lyrics from the original published version into a preferred language where no published version is available and is exclusively for use in church worship services.

Action:  Report one (1) translation credit for translating the song into another language.

Example:  A song is published in the English language, but the church would like to provide the lyrics for their Spanish congregation.  The church leader has first confirmed there is no published Spanish language translation available. Under the coverage of their CCL agreement, they create a Spanish translation of this song and distribute 200 copies for their Spanish congregation. You would report (1) translation credit to represent the action of the translation; not how many copies were distributed.


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