The Internet has completely transformed the way people communicate and many churches have decided to meet their members where they are – online. Streaming allows you to reach beyond your church walls and touch not only members of your congregation, but also your community as a whole.
With streaming, there does come an obligation to ensure your church is doing so legally. Many church leaders are aware of the religious service exemption in U.S. copyright law that allows churches to perform copyrighted music during religious services. What you might NOT know, is that the exemption does not, however, cover the re-transmission of those services over the Internet, television, or radio.
So what does this mean for churches? If your service includes copyrighted music, a church streaming license is required to webcast or stream the service. In addition, if you are streaming any events or celebrations that include copyrighted music – a church streaming license is required. At CCS we understand that licensing can be confusing, so we do our best to make it simple. This FREE download focuses on five practical reasons your church or ministry may need a church streaming license.
The WORSHIPcast Online Streaming License is the most comprehensive, flexible, and affordable music streaming license available. Allowing you to stream your performances of copyrighted music of over 25 million songs, these webcasts can be live or on-demand. And webcasting is not limited to worship services and also covers concerts and studio recordings of your worship team.
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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, as well as representation, administration, and advocacy for copyright owners. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.