Christmas is truly a magical time of year and with all the season’s joy, it also brings a larger audience to church services and events. Now imagine you’re able to stream those same services and programs – it’s the perfect time to expand your ministry’s reach!
While the religious service exemption in U.S. copyright law allows churches to perform copyrighted music during religious services, it does NOT cover the re-transmission of those services over the internet. Your website is the window to the life of your church and offers a rare opportunity to open the window in ways that were not previously possible. With a church streaming license, you are free to broadcast your services and share your mission and passion.
The WORSHIPcast Streaming License from CCS does just that, allows you to webcast your performances of copyrighted music of more than 20 million songs, including many traditional holiday favorites. While there are some Christmas songs that are in the public domain, many favorites like Frosty the Snowman, Feliz Navidad, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Carol of the Bells and Santa Claus is Coming to Town are copyrighted. Download our fact sheet on the difference between public domain and copyrighted Christmas music to learn more. And if you plan on using any copyrighted music you definitely want to look into licensing.
*The WORSHIPcast License does not cover downloading of music or any music posted to any third party website. Webcasting of master recordings or accompaniment tracks requires additional licensing. This license is for performances only and does not cover duplication of copyrighted materials. Additional licenses may be required in accordance with applicable law.
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