Copyright - are you doing it correctly in your church? 

The rules around which licences a church needs to play songs and hymns on Zoom via YouTube clips; reading passages out of the Bible; reading poems; sharing images and so on are very complex.

Synod does not have the answer to your copyright questions as the area is so huge and complex and we would hate to give you the wrong answer, but we can signpost you to various organisations who should be able to make your journey clearer. 

CCLI (Christian Copyright Licence International) says this:

‘The heightened accessibility offered by the internet, coupled with major advances in technology, means that churches now have access to a vast range of music, video and creative works for use in their services and activities. But the issues related to copyright are complicated, and legal compliance can be confusing.

How does my church or organisation protect itself?

First off, by honouring the copyright laws that apply in your country. CCLI can help. With the proper copyright licences, churches, organisations and schools are legally covered to show films, play or perform music, download songs or lyrics, and copy, reproduce, and distribute the words and images contained within. All the while saving administrative time, expense and effort.’


Here's a link to the CCLI website and if you choose to ring them the staff are very helpful:

https://uk.ccli.com/about-ccli/

And this CCLI link about copyright and the internet is very useful:

https://global.ccli.com/wp-content/uploads/fact-file-internet.pdf

One Licence is another organisation which holds licences for various songs/hymns etc and their website link is:

https://www.onelicense.net/how-it-works

The links below takes you to two flowcharts that the Methodists have produced which are very helpful too:

https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/17969/online-worship-flowchart.pdf

https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/17970/electronic-worship-resource-documents-flowchart.pdf