There is a religious service exemption in U.S. copyright law that generally allows churches to perform copyrighted music during religious services. However – beyond that point – the legal issues become very complex. We recommend you consult your general counsel to ensure you are properly protected.
We thought it would be helpful to point to the services below which help churches protect themselves and gain permission for use of copyrighted materials.
Christian Copyright Solutions
- WorshipCast – gives the ability to retransmit copyrighted materials on the web
- PERFORMmusic – gives the ability to perform outside of religious services
Christian Copyright License Inc (CCLI)
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