Just read about the new CCLI license on ChurchCreate and I am excited! Have you ever wondered why most churches just have video of their sermons online and don’t include the music? Legally, if you want to include worship music online in your church audio or video, you need a special license. Our church has looked at the WORSHIPcast license in the past, but decided that it was too expensive.
update: WORSHIPcast now offers a new price of $500 for churches with less than 500 people. check the comments below for more info
Now CCLI has introduced a new option that is much more affordable for smaller churches. This means that we can start including our worship music online in our videos and on our podcast. It even works for live streaming of your services as well. This is exciting news for churches who want to expand their online presence. Check out churchstreaminglicense.com for more information and watch the video below.
Still not sure if you need this, check out the information below from their website
Many churches have already begun to webcast the pastor’s message online…on the church website or through a third party streaming service. A lot of these churches would also like to include the song service as part of their webcasts, but they’re not sure about the legal implications.
Their concern is legitimate. Including copyrighted songs in a webcast without permission is considered copyright infringement, and the penalties can be severe…up to $150,000 per infringement.
Now sign up and start sharing, legally of course