Yesh Music (Richard Cupolo and John Emanuele) filed a complaint on October 28, 2011, claiming that First Baptist Church Smyrna (TN) used two of Yesh’s compositions in videos streamed from (the church’s) website. The complaint also details Yesh’s assertion that no license was granted for this use. Yesh is seeking $150,000 for each infringement in addition to attorneys’ fees.
The CCLI Copyright License covers projecting lyrics in worship and providing song sheets and songbooks. You can record your worship services, provided it involves live music (no accompaniment tracks).
The CCLI Streaming License enables you to live stream or podcast live-recorded services. (Note: This does not cover secular songs.)
The CCLI Rehearsal License goes even further.
- Understanding Worship Music Copyright Law
- Q&A: Did My Church Infringe on Copyright When Using YouTube Videos in a Live-Stream Service?
Related Resource: Attorney Richard Hammar, senior editor of Church Law & Tax, delves further into copyright law and licensing in the Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches .