Copyright is an important issue.
As The Salvation Army is part of the Christian church, we need to ensure that we are upholding our integrity when it comes to copyright. Our job at the Creative Ministries Department is to encourage and ensure that this is happening.
Copyright protects the owner’s rights over their intellectual property. Using this material without permission is illegal, and can result in fines (up to $150,000) or imprisonment (up to 5 years). Licensing provides the creator of the content with income, and allows us to use the material legally. This page contains an overview of the licenses available through the Creative Ministries Department and what they mean.
Note: Larger than normal events, such as Easter Camps and Conferences may require seperate licensing not listed here. Please contact CMD if you are unsure about your license needs.
Worship Music & Lyrics:
To duplicate music and lyrics for worship services requires licensing. The following two licenses cover you for a vast majority of Christian worship music.
Note: Both of these licenses are compulsory for Corps and Centres that operate a worship service utilising copyrighted musical and lyrical content.
1. CCL - Church Copyright License:
- This license allows you to reproduce the words of songs for use in congregational singing at your Corps. This includes using overhead projections and lyrics within your presentation software (like Pro Presenter)
2. MRL - Music Reproduction License:
- This license allows you to copy physical materials including chord charts and material from published musical works for the purpose of rehearsal at your Corps.
With these licenses...
- - Print songs, hymns and lyrics in bulletins, programmes and song sheets
- - Create overhead transparencies, slides or use any other format that allows song lyrics to be visually projected
- - Arrange, print and copy your own arrangements. This includes vocal and instrumental arrangements of songs used in congregational
- worship (where no published version is available)
- - Photocopy and duplicate published musical works and other musical material for your singers and musicians.
- - Rent or sell copies made under the license for any form of direct or indirect renumeration (payment). This extends to payment by gift, donation or free will offering
- - Play or show in full (or in part) any copyrighted films, DVD’s or any other copyrighted video material
- - Distribute copies to groups outside of your Corps
- - Translate songs into another language.
Movies & Films:
Commercial movies (of all formats including DVD and Blu Ray) are only licensed for private viewing in a private premisis. To show any copyrighted video material in a Corps or Centre, the appropriate license is required.
The following licenses provide cover for a vast majority of copyrighted film material:
1. CVL - Church Video License:
- This license allows you to show part of, or all of a film from a list of participating producers. Major producers include Dreamworks and Universal.
2. The Big Studio Movie License
- This license allows you to show part of, or all of a film from these participating movie studios: Disney, Roadshow Films, Warner Bros., Sony, Icon, Hoyts Distribution and Hopscotch.
With these licenses...
- Show parts of movies as sermon illustrations
- Show full movies at events
- Use movies for educational purposes.
- Use movies copied from another source or recorded from television or any other medium
- Charge any sort of admission fee (whether by donation or free will offering) for video showings.
- Advertise the film you are showing outside your facility (e.g. post the movie title on facebook)
Family Stores & Retail:
Broadcasting (pre-recorded) music over a sound system or public address system, whether via the radio, CD, cassette tape or iPod in a retail environment requires the appropriate license (unless express permission is given by the copyright owner).
1. OneMusic - Retail:
- This license allows you to broadcast music in a retail outlet or environment.
With this license...
You can play music:
- As background music for customers and staff.
- From iPods, CD Players, radio or any other device
- On-hold on your telephone system
- Copy music or burn your on CD’s