Category: Copyright Compliance


Recently I attended a conference where I ran into my friends from Christian Copyright Solutions and had a great time catching up with them. They have just now released a new service for indie artists and songwriters to help manage your copyrighted songs called INDIEadmin. The best part about this service is that it’s free to you with the option of extra paid services included in packages.

As a first step CCS will help you get your songs registered with the US Copyright Office, you pay the fee and they handle the paperwork. Then, according to a signed agreement, you give them the right to manage and issue non-commercial licenses for your songs to third parties interested in using your work. The third party will pay CCS for the royalties of the song plus an administration fee, and CCS in-turn sends you 100% of the royalties every month along with physical copies of your licenses. CCS additionally will help you register with Performance Rights Organizations (PRO’s) such as ASCAP and SESAC as well as registering with CCLI. There are also premium services available through the Advanced and Premiere packages, giving you more control over the use and issue of licenses, a 24/7 online cloud access to your licenses, a custom landing page and email address, and additional services including commercial licensing. However, the basic services alone save some of the administration headaches that stint our creative flow in songwriting.

Here is an example of a landing page.

Please go check this service out and tell your friends! I think it’s a useful tool for churches, organizations, indie publishers and artists to help them manage their copyrighted songs.

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Have you ever asked yourself why your church has a CCLI license? I mean, what about the legal mumbo jumbo about the religious service exemption to the copyright law? What is a CCLI license anyway? I want to answer these questions and more so I am going to spend some time and several posts exploring the issue of copyrights for the church and the individual. I pray that the information I provide here will be of immense help to you and your organization. Here is a short overview:

Many of those in churches and organizations today have some knowledge of the CCLI license and often have a general idea about copyrights: we shouldn’t pirate music or movies. But all too often churches assume that the CCLI license covers things that are explicitly not covered, such as duplicating rehearsal tracks, a practice that has never been covered by the basic CCLI license. As vague as those details might be, the general public knows even less about it. Thus it is commonplace to find Christian families, especially teens, that possess copies of music, movies and other copyrighted materials that have been illegally obtained. Both federal and international laws consider illegally obtaining copyrighted materials as stealing.

Copyright laws are the regulations that govern the usage of what is referred to as “intellectual properties” and protect the owners of said properties by granting them certain rights to restrict how and in what way those properties may be used. Simply stated: this is what allows artists, writers, videographers, photographers, choreographers, composers and songwriters to make a living. These people, and many others, have legal rights to be paid for their work and creativity and violating those rights is quite literally stealing their paycheck.

Copyright compliance is simply a term describing the respect of all intellectual property and its owner(s) in accordance with copyright law. Intellectual property can be anything within a wide range of areas and I will cover those in a later post, however the most important question you need to ask yourself in any given situation regarding the arts or entertainment is “Do I have permission to do this?” There are many other factors concerning copyrights and the laws providing them but that never overrides this pivotal question. If the answer is no then, please, refrain from doing it. If the answer is yes then double check it and have it in writing somewhere.

There is much more to come on this topic so please come back and visit! In the meantime, here are some links that might interest you.

Copyright Law

Christian Copyright Solutions

CCLI