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CCLI has been asked by a number of churches to clarify the copyright implications of holding a special service to mark the centenary of the end of the first world war.

A special service would still be regarded as an Act Of Worship, so the licences that a church holds to cover words/music reproduction for their regular worship services would provide the same permissions in this context. Neither a PRS for Music nor a PPL Church Licence would be required for any music played or performed.

If a church wishes to use any artistic works not covered by their licences, such as a poem or photographs, we recommend contacting the owner of that work to request permission to use it. Churches with a Church Video Licence (CVL) from CCLI can show a film scene provided the film studio and/or distributor is included on the authorised producers list.

Should you have any queries or concerns about the use of copyright material during a special service of remembrance, please contact us on 01323 436100 or email:

Helpful resources

For a list of hymns, songs and music for services of remembrance can be found on the RSCM website

The Church Of England’s liturgical resources can be found here

The Bible Society also publishes a number of resources for WW1 commemoration