We know copyright compliance can be confusing, and we want to help you understand the ins and outs of copyright so you can honor the writers, artists and the publishers in the use of their music. PraiseCharts offers sheet music as a printable resource. However, having that resource only comes with a limited amount of copyright permissions. PraiseCharts encourages our users to use the services of Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) and Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS) to ensure maximum coverage in how they are using music resources in and around church ministry. Read below to get an overview of some of the main copyright licensing services that most churches will need. While the requirements may seems daunting and expensive, the services of CCLI and CCS definitely make it much more accessible for churches to comply with copyright requirements in a manner that is efficient and affordable. PraiseCharts has strategically aligned with those companies in order to ensure that the music we represent in our catalog has the best chance of being used effectively, appropriately, and legally.
Your initial purchase at PraiseCharts entitles you to make up to five copies of each part, including audio and print. You can purchase additional copies right on each song page, or use the form below to request permission to make additional copies. When permission can be granted, the cost for additional audio tracks is 25 cents per rehearsal copy, and print is $1 per copy, per part. Please note that PraiseCharts does not grant permission to copy audio masters that it does not sell directly. Learn more about how you can request permission to copy sheet music and audio tracks from PraiseCharts.
If you want to copy or project lyrics of songs found in the PraiseCharts catalog, for use in the context of a religious service, you will need permission from the copyright owners. For churches, PraiseCharts recommends that you have a CCLI License. This license covers many of the basic copyright needs for most churches. Learn more about the services of Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI).
The religious service exemption in copyright law allows you to perform a song in your worship service without paying additional royalties. Public performances of a song outside of the worship service, either live or recorded, requires additional performance licensing.
The religious service exemption in copyright law allows you to perform this song without paying additional royalties. Public performances of this song, either live or recorded, requires additional performance licensing.
Making a CD of a copyrighted song will requires licensing, even if it is a CD of your performances. Making a CD of your performance of a song will require a mechanical license. Making a CD of an original recording of a song will require a mechanical license and a master recording license.
Making a DVD including this song will require licensing, even if the DVD is a recording of your performances. Making a DVD of your performance of this song will require a video sync license. Making a DVD that uses an original recording of this song will require a video sync license and a master recording license.
Webcasting this song requires licensing, whether it is your performance of a song or an original recording. Webcasting your performance of a song requires an internet performance license. Webcasting the original recording requires both an internet performance license and a master recording license.