Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If a hymn or worship resource is not listed in the contact information in the back of the hymnal, it means that the work is in the public domain.
CMPA endorses Church Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), an organization that for an annual fee will grant blanket permission to reprint a certain number of hymns for congregational use without seeking permission each time. Not all song publishers participate in this service. Brethren Press/Church of the Brethren does not.
There’s also a practical side to the issue. Photocopying can cost as much or more than simply buying the product outright. While there’s no coin slot on the church copy machine, every copy costs the church money—in toner, paper, and maintenance. For example, a photocopy of a Covenant Bible Study book costs almost exactly the same as the purchase price, $7.95 (but won’t look nearly as good on a library bookshelf).
Individual churches may purchase a video license similar to the CCLI license for music from Church Video License (CVLI).
If you cannot locate the owner of the rights, do not use the work.