Churches and Movies
It’s becoming more common. Pastors use portions of movies to enhance sermon points. Sunday School teachers and childcare workers play a full-length feature. Youth leaders show the latest videos. Educators use movies to train and inspire.
What’s The Big Deal?
Most of us ignore the copyright warning at the beginning of DVDs. It is there to remind people of the importance of abiding by the copyright law. The Canadian Copyright Act stipulates that permission is needed for any public performance of copyrighted motion pictures—and that includes churches. Violations can result in substantial fines, of up to $200,000.
The Church Video License
Now, there’s an affordable, convenient solution. Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc. (CCLI) and Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) have partnered to create Christian Video Licensing International (CVLI) and the Church Video License, which offers blanket copyright coverage for titles from more than 600 producers.