Christian Copyright Licensing International
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|Founded||January 1988Portland, Oregon, United Statesin|
|Headquarters||17205 SE Mill Plain Blvd Suite 150, Vancouver, United States|
|Australia, Botswana, Canada, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Zimbabwe, South Korea|
Malcolm Hawker, President and CEOHoward Rachinski, Founder
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Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) is a privately owned company that was founded in the US in 1988 by Howard Rachinski. CCLI was launched after being developed by Rachinski for 3½ years while he was a Music Minister at a large church in Portland, Oregon. This prototype, called Starpraise Ministries, began in May 1985. CCLI offers copyright licensing of songs and other resource materials for use in Christian worship.
Since its foundation, CCLI has expanded around the world to Australia, Botswana, Canada, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and South Korea.
The mechanism of copyright solution invented by CCLI has been cited by the governments of United States and official copyright organization in United Kingdom when introducing the relevant policy.
This mechanism of copyright license is not suitable to personal usage and also opposition view is heard regarding its for-profit mode.
Licences and services
The licenses / services offered by CCLI have include:
- Church Copyright License
- for the reproduction of words of songs for church worship use (The CCLI.COM Church License does not allow you to make copies of originals. From the CCLI.COM License: "3.0 restrictions: This license does not allow churches to do the following: Photocopy or duplicate any photo sheet music (octavos) cantadas, musicals, handbell music, keyboard music, vocal solo, or instrumental works.")
- Photocopy / Music Reproduction License
- for the photocopying of contemporary worship music
- online access of worship song lyrics, sound samples, and download of lead sheets, chord sheets, and soprano/alto/tenor/bass hymn sheets
- Video License
- in a joint venture with MPLC, under the company name of Christian Video Licensing International, for the copyright licensing of the playing of videos / DVDs for church activities
- CVLI introduced ScreenVue in 2003 as a separate service available for CVLI Video Licensees. ScreenVue offers both free and paid membership which gives the subscriber access to movie clips for illustration use in sermons or other presentations.
As of February 10, 2017, the annual fee for a US CCLI license ranged from $59 (for a church size less than 25 people) to $5,266 (for a church size greater than 200,000 people). License fees are similar for churches in other countries, taking exchange rates into account.
"CCLI distributes the majority of the License Fee to the copyright owners (i.e., publishers and songwriters) as royalties." More information about CCLI's royalty distribution policies is available on the CCLI web site. That page also says "Every year CCLI holds an Owner's Meeting for each region, where full details of License fees collected, and royalties distributed, are reported. Every song copyright owner participating in the Church Copyright License program is invited to the meeting for that region."
Copyright issues in worship
When a CCLI license is not needed
No license is needed if all music is in the public domain or covered by something like the Creative Commons licenses. As an example, most sufficiently old hymns are in the public domain. CCLI maintains a list of songs that are in the public domain. If all of the songs that an organization uses are in that list, then the organization does not need to pay the CCLI license fee. As of March 2015, CCLI's list contained nearly 24,000 public domain songs.
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- "the British Copyright Council useful links".
- "CCLI License Scam My opinion about the CCLI License.".
- "The Church Copyright License Annual Fee - U.S.". Retrieved 2017-02-10.
- "CCLI - Church Copyright Licence Cost (Canada)". Retrieved 2017-02-10.
- "CCLI - Church Copyright Licence Cost (Australia)". Retrieved 2017-02-10.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
- "CCLI - Royalty Process". Archived from the original on 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
- "Copyright Board of Canada : Copyright Act subsection 32.2(3)". Archived from the original on 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
- Wikisource:United States Code/Title 17/Chapter 1/Section 110