Originally Posted by andrewc2
I've been wondering something, If religious services are exempt then do churches not need a CCLI license?
It can be very confusing as there are different rights involved with sheet music, performances (live or playback), recording and broadcast/distribution and potentially other rights associated with using copyrighted music in other creative works (e.g. incorporating an existing song into a video or presentation). I believe that the religious service exemption relates only to the performance rights aspect, all other copyright laws still apply.
Since you brought up that particular licensing package, perhaps you can explain some things that I can't find being addressed in the information on the related web site.
One specific example that came up in another forum is DJs playing at wedding receptions or special events. They are going to bring their own libraries of music and probably, within some agreed upon guidelines, select which songs to play, so can one be sure that anything they might play is covered by the license? Is everything in the ASCAP, BMI and SESAC catalogs covered?
Say your service averages 150 people but you have a wedding every weekend with 50 or so attending and an event once a month with around 300 attendees. Is the 'attendance' for licensing 122 (the average attendees per event), 150 (the average attendees per service), 200 (the attendees per service and wedding), 275 (the total average attendees per week), 500 (the highest total for any one week) or some other number? And should licensing be based on average/estimated attendees or the rated capacity of the venue?
A license can cover multiple venues but does it cover multiple simultaneous uses or where that is a possibility would you have to obtain licensing for each potential concurrent use? Think satellite churches that may have bands at each venue that may perform some of the same songs during concurrent services. Or a church with multiple ministries that may be operating at the same time.