Here you will find helpful links to resources, software and tools that may be useful to help churches maintain their integrity and avoid costly lawsuits regarding copyright. These resource links are helpful in enabling churches to remain above reproach, whilst still functioning from a place of creative freedom. Also included

Here you will find helpful links to resources, software and tools that may be useful to help churches maintain their integrity and avoid costly lawsuits regarding copyright. These resource links are helpful in enabling churches to remain above reproach, whilst still functioning from a place of creative freedom. Also included


A free messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. This tool is great for text, voice and video messaging. It can also be used for creating groups, where life can be shared. It is also a form of social media, where picture, text and video statuses can be shared. Also, for those who have WiFi, it can be used for voice and video calling. WhatsApp also has capacity for video and voice conferencing with up to four participants.

FREE | TEXT | VOICE | VIDEO <4


The leader in modern enterprise video communications, Zoom has an easy to use, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing. Obviously, it does depend on a strong internet connection, but you can also join a video conference as an audio only participant. Free Zoom profiles are limited to 100 participants and soft limited to 40 minutes.

FREE / PAID | TEXT | VOICE | VIDEO <100

  • Skype

    Host a video or an audio conference with up to 50 people, record your calls, enable live captions & subtitles or just simply talk over smart chat. Skype’s pay platform also interacts with normal phones.

    FREE / PAID | TEXT | VOICE | VIDEO <50


YouTube is the leading video platform for uploading. It is also a good platform for live streaming. People can interact with the stream via a live comments section.

FREE | LIVE VIDEO | SOCIAL


This will only work for people who have a Facebook profile (given the negative or unhelpful content on Facebook at times like this, we may not want to encourage extended time on Facebook). Like YouTube Live, people can interact with the stream via a live comments section.

FREE | LIVE VIDEO | SOCIAL

  • CCLI (Church Worship, Video, Photocopy etc. Licensing)

Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) was established in 1988 to provide churches with simple, affordable solutions to complex copyright issuesCCLI helps churches maintain their integrity and avoid costly lawsuits, while also giving churches the freedom to worship expressively and spontaneously.

It is CCLI’s aim to provide a simple, legal and affordable solution to copyright issues faced by the Christian community, whether they are reproducing song words, photocopying from authorised publications, or accessing song lyrics online.

CCLI licenses are available in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Luxemburg, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Visit ccli.com for websites for these regions.

The copyright law is very clear on copying music, videos, publications, etc. If you do not have express permission from the rightful owner, you cannot make a copy. (It is advisable to have that permission in writing in case of need for legal reference.) There have been a number of copyright disputes, although most have been settled privately. You can imagine how uncomfortable it is for a Christian songwriter to address legal entanglements with a church.

Some church music leaders have made efforts to honour the law and have tried to obtain permission first from the copyright owner before making copies. This is often a time-consuming challenge and in many cases an administrative nightmare.

Many have agreed — the copyright law is fair but not practical. That’s why more than 170,000 churches are taking advantage of the licences from CCLI, including the Church Copyright Licence, the Photocopy Licence and the Church Video Licence.

Do you have any questions about the copyright laws and how they might apply to you and your church?

  • CCLI (Church Worship, Video, Photocopy etc. Licensing)

Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) was established in 1988 to provide churches with simple, affordable solutions to complex copyright issuesCCLI helps churches maintain their integrity and avoid costly lawsuits, while also giving churches the freedom to worship expressively and spontaneously.

It is CCLI’s aim to provide a simple, legal and affordable solution to copyright issues faced by the Christian community, whether they are reproducing song words, photocopying from authorised publications, or accessing song lyrics online.

CCLI licenses are available in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Luxemburg, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Visit ccli.com for websites for these regions.

The copyright law is very clear on copying music, videos, publications, etc. If you do not have express permission from the rightful owner, you cannot make a copy. (It is advisable to have that permission in writing in case of need for legal reference.) There have been a number of copyright disputes, although most have been settled privately. You can imagine how uncomfortable it is for a Christian songwriter to address legal entanglements with a church.

Some church music leaders have made efforts to honour the law and have tried to obtain permission first from the copyright owner before making copies. This is often a time-consuming challenge and in many cases an administrative nightmare.

Many have agreed — the copyright law is fair but not practical. That’s why more than 170,000 churches are taking advantage of the licences from CCLI, including the Church Copyright Licence, the Photocopy Licence and the Church Video Licence.

Do you have any questions about the copyright laws and how they might apply to you and your church?

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