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December 8, 2021

Three Things You Might Not Know About WORSHIPcast  

Do you want to expand your church or ministry’s reach online but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve been streaming services and events on your website but want to make sure you are doing so legally? Understanding streaming can be a little daunting but it doesn’t need to be.    

As discussed in our last post, outside of the Religious Service Exemption, churches are responsible for adequately licensing copyrighted materials. While the RSE covers music within a church service – it does NOT cover retransmissions of that service. If your church’s services include copyrighted music, a church streaming license is REQUIRED to webcast or stream those services. We’ve put together a few facts about the WORSHIPcast Streaming License that might help determine if it is a good fit for your church.   

Did you know?   

  1. WORSHIPcast allows you to stream more than just your worship service. The license covers special events AND guest performances, as well. What a great way to keep those that can’t make it to church connected via your website. Think of those members of your congregation that are unwell, homebound, families with young children, or even those traveling for the holidays!     
  1. The WORSHIPcast catalog includes more than 28 million songs! So maybe you don’t NEED all 28 million songs, but with that many, you’re sure to find just the music you do need. WORSHIPcast covers all genres, from Contemporary Christian and Gospel to Rock, Country, Holiday, Patriotic, Pop, Children’s music, and much more. *   
  1. When you obtain music licensing such as WORSHIPcast, it’s a tremendous opportunity to support songwriters, who, in turn, continue to bless the church with new worship songs. We pay fees directly to ASCAPBMI, and SESAC, and they then pay their affiliated writers and publishers.   

We know planning Christmas programs can get a little stressful. But streaming doesn’t need to be. If you have any questions, simply e-mail us or give us a call at 877-394-5566. 

*WORSHIPcast does not cover streaming rights for any pre-recorded music such as master recordings or multitracks. Additional rights must be secured from the sound recording copyright owner to stream these legally. You may also want to check out the CCLI Streaming Plus License for streaming coverage that includes authorization to enable the webcasting of your worship service including master recordings and multitracks. 

About Christian Copyright Solutions: CCS’s quest is to help churches and Christian ministries “do music right.”  CCS is an expert on church music copyrights and our primary focus is providing licensing and clear educational resources to churches. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Youtube. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.  

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