This section of the website will be updated as new information becomes available.
The diocese does NOT have a blanket copyright license. Each parish is required to register and pay for their own copyright license. Most parishes use either OneLicense or Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), depending on their preferences around music—each service licenses a different catalogue of music. Parishes are also required to report the music they use to their license provider, usually quarterly.
Scenario: Our church/organisation currently has a Podcast & Reprint license (e.g. OneLicense,
CCLI), so that we can live-stream AND/OR pre-record our service to share with our parishioners
and the general public.
Myth 1: We can use any music we like regardless of who wrote the tune, text or arrangement,
because we are currently live-streaming our service using Zoom (or another platform), but not
recording or uploading the video on the internet after the service has ended. The Zoom link is
provided only to members of our congregation.
Myth 2: The hymn we are using is by a member publisher with OneLicense which means it’s
automatically covered OR the hymn is listed in one of the hymnals that’s included in the dropdown
Myth 3: The hymn tune is in public domain, and the text is copyrighted (or vice versa) which
means I can still use the hymn regardless.
Myth 4: It’s ok to use somebody else’s youtube video as part of our service.
Myth 5: It’s enough to publish the copyright information as well as the podcast license
disclaimer in the bulletin/service outline.
*author - Susanne Reul-Zastre, president of Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), Victoria Centre.
Contact OneLicense for more information firstname.lastname@example.org