To photocopy from music publications such as hymn books, you’ll need the Music Reproduction Licence (MRL) which is available as a supplement to the Church Copyright Licence.
To photocopy from non-music publications, such as books, journals, magazines and study guides, you’ll need the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Church Licence.
Copyright in the typography, the arrangement, fonts and setting of the printed page is protected for 25 years from the first year of publication. This includes printouts of downloads from the internet. So, even if a work is Public Domain a typographic right may still exist for the publication it is printed in.
Some publications include permission to photocopy in the purchase price. Always check the copyright information printed in the material you use for clarification.
The law provides for certain limited exceptions for the visually impaired, and large print song sheets can be made without any additional permission from the copyright owner.
Photocopying is not within the scope of Fair Dealing which provides some limited concessions for works to be copied out for non-commercial research or private study, criticism or review.
The Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) provide annual licences that permit photocopying from daily newspapers. The NLA Licence is available directly from their website: www.nla.co.uk.