We may be looking at “needing” three different licenses

[1]  License to distribute printed or electronic copies of hymns, etc.

For years now, our Sunday bulletins have had copies of the collect for the day, the lessons & Gospel.  We now are sending that electronically and have added scanned copies of pages from the hymnal.  All this is copyrighted material and needs permission (i.e., a license). The collect and hymns are by Church Publishing, which is among the publishers covered by ONE LICENSE.  The lessons & Gospel are from a Bible, most likely NRSV (Harper Collins — not covered by ONE, whoops).
CCS and CCLI include the ASCAP and BMI publisher groups, but I don’t think Bible publishers are included.  A separate permission is requiredfor these publishers, however see footnote *

(b) CCLI Copyright License

[2]  License for live or on-demand streaming song performances of copyrighted music

As far as I can tell, this is what the CCS WORSHIPcast License does cover

(a) CCS WORSHIPcast License — I searched for “A Living Prayer” and it didn’t pop out, nor was the name or “Alison Krause” in the ASCAP database
(b) ONE LICENSE Podcast / Streaming License (add on) — does not include ASCAP music
(c) CCLI’s Streaming License — allows “live streaming” and “retransmission” of songs performed in church services in audio and/or video form

[3]  License to burn performance onto a CD (for shut-ins)


(a) ONE LICENSE Practice Track License  (iffy on whether it fits the requirements)
(b) CCLI’s Streaming License — allows “distribution” of audio or video files of songs performed in church services to personal computers, portable media players, etc


* One possible example

The text of the New King James Version© (NKJV©) may be quoted or reprinted without prior written permission with the following qualifications:

(1) Up to and including 1,000 verses may be quoted in printed form as long as the verses quoted amount to less than 50% of a complete book of the Bible and make up less than 50% of the total work in which they are quoted; (2) all NKJV quotations must conform accurately to the NKJV text.

Any use of the NKJV text must include a proper acknowledgment as follows:

“Scripture taken from the New King James Version©. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

However, when quotations from the NKJV text are used in church bulletins, orders of service, Sunday School lessons, church newsletters and similar works in the course of religious instruction or services at a place of worship or other religious assembly, the following notice may be used at the end of each quotation: “NKJV.”

For more information regarding the quotation permission policy for the New King James Version, please visit thomasnelson.com.


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