Streaming Copyright Licenses

Live streaming (or webcasting) church services or events are a great way to connect with people looking to make a virtual connection before they make a physical connection by visiting your church. It is also a great way for homebound parishioners to be connected to your services or events.

Live streams are broadcast live using a streaming service such as Livestream or Facebook Live; these streams are also archived to be viewed later on these platforms.

US Copyright Law provides a Religious Service Exemption (Section 110 [3]}. This exemption allows performance of certain copyrighted works in a religious service without permission or royalty payments; but, the exemption does not extend to live streams/webcasting. You must obtain an extended license to your CCLI license for streaming your services or events online that include copyrighted songs.

Licenses

  • You can obtain a streaming license add-on with CCLI.com here: https://us.ccli.com/copyright-license/. Prices range from $60 annually for a congregation size of less than 200, to $85 annually for a congregation size between 200 and 500.
  • A WorshipCast license from Christian Copyright Solutions covers internet performance rights for more than 20 million songs from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. Annual fees start at $225. More information about this license can be found here: https://www.christiancopyrightsolutions.com/services/worshipcast/
  • A company named One License is also a way to acquire reprint permissions from multiple publishers at the same time. Their add on streaming license ranges from $50 on up depending on congregation size: https://www.onelicense.net/how-it-works 



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