Ask the Expert: Is it OK to record sung vocals for practice purposes under the CCLI Copyright License?
Miranda Cunningham asks:
“Is it OK to record the choir singing copyrighted songs in order to improve without putting on your CCLI Copyreport? For example recording Sunday service, rehearsal, individual practice.
Is there a difference between recording for public distribution, church distribution and just for improving the choir in terms of copyright permission?”
Chris Williams, Customer Relations Coordinator at CCLI (UK) replies:
The Church Copyright Licence (CCL) includes a Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) right which provides the permission to record live music from any meeting for non-commercial use. This would therefore provide the provision to record a pianist, singer or choir onto an audio and video recording for others to use for individual practice and/or group rehearsal. Please note that this right does not cover the post production (dubbing) of music from a commercial music recording such as a CD or MP3 for distribution to band members and singers via another media. Please contact CCLI [email protected] for more details.