Start now on the Christian Copyright Licensing International website
You need a licence to reproduce the words of hymns or worship songs for use during assemblies or other collective worship events at your school.
You need a licence if you:
- create your own service sheets or hymn books for pupils and staff
- create your own overhead projector acetates
- create your own song words database for use with song projection software
- type song words into your computer and store them for future use
- record music from your services (eg carol services) on video or audio
You must also have a collective worship music reproduction licence if you want to photocopy directly from music publications.
How to apply
You can apply for a collective worship copyright licence on the Christian Copyright Licensing International website (CCLI).
You must pay a licence fee based on the number of pupils at your school.
You must renew your licence every year.
Licences are subject to certain conditions, eg:
- making sure that all reproduced songs contain the full and correct song title, writer credit(s) and copyright notice
- supplying CCLI with a copy of any reproduced song on request
- using CCLI’s CopyReport software to report all the songs that have been reproduced under your licence
Fines and penalties
You are infringing copyright and could be sued for damages if you reproduce the words of hymns or worship songs without a licence.
CCLI may cancel the licence if you don’t pay the licence fee or follow any other licence conditions. You must then stop using any reproduced songs and arrange for them to be destroyed.