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Many of the elements in a church wedding/funeral will require the cover of copyright licences.

The following information and links will help churches to understand their obligations under law, and help you to advise couples/families who are planning a wedding.

Preparing an Order Of Service

Whether produced by the church or the family concerned, churches are responsible for ensuring copyright permission (through a licence or direct from the copyright owner) has been obtained and full acknowledgements included for any song words, readings, poems, illustrations etc. that are reproduced.

The Church Copyright Licence (CCL) from CCLI covers the reproduction of most song words within orders of service. Some Roman Catholic publishers are not covered by CCLI, but may be covered by a Calamus licence from Decani Music. Visit www.decanimusic.co.uk for details.

Most Bible publishers allow a certain amount of Scripture text to be reproduced without permission, and details can usually be found in the opening pages of that particular version.

Playing/Performing Music

PRS for Music and PPL have waived the requirement for churches to hold licences for music played/performed during weddings and funerals. However, the PRS for Music and PPL Church Licences may be required if music is played/performed outside of the service itself.

More information on the use of music on church premises.

Recording A Church Wedding/Funeral

Permission is required from the owner of any copyright material that is recorded. If a recording is made of music being played or performed, this is known as dubbing and a Limited Manufacture Licence (LM) will be required.

A Limited Online Music Licence (LOML) will be required if the wedding is to be streamed live or uploaded to the internet. Both licences are available directly from PRS for Music.

Further Information

Fact File: Church Weddings / Funerals

This printable PDF provides more information about the copyright implications of church weddings and funerals.

Limited Manufacture Licence

More details on the LM direct from the PRS for Music website

Limited Online Music Licence

More details on the LOML direct from the PRS for Music website

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about church weddings and funerals