Bren McLean


by on Aug.27, 2012, under Church Life, Worship

Copyright is a minefield. There are numerous websites that offer to explain and assist people in the legalities of intellectual property, but I just want to suggest a few that relate directly to churches and religious organisations:

CCLI – Christian Copyright Licencing International

This organisation is global and offers local support to all the major continents. CCLI enables churches to navigate copyright easily and legally.

CCLI also offer fantastic resources for music leaders such as SONG SELECT and CCLITV.


The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) collects and distributes licence fees for the public performance and communication of our members’ musical works.

The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) collects and distributes mechanical royalties for the reproduction of our members’ musical works.

Note – Other countries will have similar bodies that provide similar services to APRA/AMCOS

Ultimately, our intention as Christians is to live lives that are pleasing to the Lord. Our actions should be above approach. God sets a high standard for us and so we should do our utmost to honour Him by acting with honesty and integrity.

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.”

Leviticus 19:11

Let me share 2 practical examples:

1. Purchase or download music and movies. Piracy is wrong, even though “everyone does it”

2. Only show Youtube clips in public if you have the express permission of the copyright owners. Most videos have a song embedded illegally. For high quality visual resources, use suppliers such as Sermonspice and Worshiphousemedia

What do you think? Where do YOU go for creative resources?



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