I get questions from customers and possible future users about CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc.). For those of you who have never heard of them, CCLI is a company who handles paying song (and now some video) copyrights for churches. It is basically illegal for anyone to make a copy of a copyrighted song without the permission of the controlling agent of that song. Permission is usually accompanied by the requirement of paying a fee to the agent based on the number of copies to be made or making a slide to be projected. In the past, churches have basically ignored this basic concept because of the difficulty of fulfilling their obligation to the song owners. With CCLI, most of those obligations can be met by becoming a member and paying an annual fee based on the size of the congregation.
With CCLI, you can:
Being a member of CCLI does not entitle you to:
The above is the part most of us know about CCLI. To tell about the rest of the story I will use a company I just started. Austin Christian Acappella Music is a company set up to handle copyrights, sales, and licensing for Konstantin Zhigulin here in the United States. For churches to make copies of Konstantin's music through CCLI, his music must be listed with CCLI. They do not cover music not listed with them. To accomplish this, we filed all of Konstantin's published work with the Library of Congress to register his copyrights. Then ACAM filed to become a listed administrator and publisher with CCLI and at the same time filed all of Konstantin's songs with CCLI. All of that has been done but it may be a few months before we show up on the Publisher List or the Authorized Catalogue List. Once listed, publishers will receive from CCLI their portion of the paid fees.
Now, here is the part that churches play in the picture. CCLI has churches report to them the number of each covered song that is copied, made into an overhead or slide, or put into a booklet. CCLI then analyzes these reports to determine the amounts paid out to each administrator. If your church has a CCLI license and you do not report your activity during your reporting period, you are forfeiting your input into determining payouts. For famous songwriters, this probably isn't a problem, but for those lesser known songwriters whom you may know, you may be denying them their share of the fees. In our case, the only way that Konstantin will get any money from CCLI will be for you to report any copies of his works that you make.
The Paperless Hymnal does not pay CCLI any fees. Instead, we pay fees directly to those controlling the songs we publish. Each year, we pay out $$thousands$$ in these copyright fees which come from the price you pay for The Paperless Hymnal. However, if you want to make copies of the FullSong pages for some reason other than song leader use, you should place your CCLI license number (if you have one) on each copy you make. This is the same as you copying songs from your paper hymnal or other source.
Here are a few other things about CCLI that you should know: