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CLA Church Licence Manual

The Copyright Licence Agency (CLA) Church Licence

The CLA Church Licence™ unlocks the potential of your church’s photocopier, permitting you to copy/scan pages from many non-music publications.

With the CLA Church Licence you can copy:

  • Articles from magazines
  • Pages from study guides
  • Games and puzzles for children’s/youth groups
  • Scripts for drama groups or your Easter or Christmas plays
  • Quizzes for social activities

Essential Information

 

Copyright in typeset pages

A separate copyright usually exists in a typeset publication/document, which lasts for 25 years after it is first published. This means permission is required to make copies of pages from it even if the content itself is in the public domain (PD).


Exceptions and exclusions

Some publications include permission to photocopy in the purchase price. Always check the copyright information printed in the material you use for clarification.

The CLA Church Licence doesn’t cover every non-music publication. You can find out if your publication is covered by entering the title or ISBN into the CLA’s cover checker.

This licence does not cover copies made from newspapers.


Reporting

Under the CLA Church Licence Terms of Agreement (Link to Terms PDF) it is necessary to report the publications you have copied from under this licence. All reporting must be done using CCLI’s Online Reporting website. We recommend you do this on a regular basis. To help you do this, CCLI has created a printable copy prompt sheet (PDF needs uploading so it can be linked to) which you can stick near to your photocopier. Further information on reporting.


Further information

Licence Fees
Find out the annual cost of a CLA Church Licence.

Licence Terms
View the full Terms of Agreement for these licences.

FAQs
Search Frequently Asked Questions about the copyright implications of photocopying, scanning or file-sharing typeset pages in church.

Photocopying Fact-File
This printable fact-file looks at the copyright considerations when photocopying publications in church.

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