Copyright Guidance

Copyright is an intellectual property protection which affects the use of liturgy, music, images and other resources or text in worship, online (via PCs smartphones or tablets) and in print.

Download the Copyright and Patents Act Guidelines

Fact Files

The Christian Copyright Licensing Agency (CCLI) has produced these helpful factsheets to help you find the licence you need for your church:

Overview for churches

Church Copyright Healthcheck

Audio and Video Recording

The Church and the Internet

Fair dealing and free use of copyright works

Licence concessions

Photocopying and sharing files

Playing and performing music


Reproducing and projecting song words

Showing films

TV broadcasts, satellite and cable

Weddings and Funerals

Writing songs for your church

For enquiries about music and performing rights and other copyright information concerning the use of music, videos, photographs, etc, contact Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI)
Post: FREEPOST CCLI    Email :     Tel: 01323 436100

Parish magazines

Please be aware that copyright could apply to material you may feature in your parish magazines or websites. If in doubt, please check the copyright position of material you are planning to use as using the intellectual property of someone else without permission could be a costly and embarrassing mistake.

There are various organisations that monitor usage of images as well as text and music use so make sure you are on the right side of the law.

Visit this diocesan page (on the Diocese of London website) for more information about how and when to be aware of copyright, as well as useful additional links to further information.