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In Summary

The CVL permits you to show authorised films and film scenes in all church activities. A PRS for Music Licence is also required to cover the film’s soundtrack when showing films outside of regular services.

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Church Video Licence (CVL)

for webWith a Church Video Licence (CVL) you can show authorised film scenes during your regular services.

If your venue is also covered by a PRS for Music licence, the CVL permits you to show authorised films during all church activities.

The CVL covers most major film producers, meaning you won’t need to contact the copyright owners each time you want to show a film in your church.

PRS for Music administers the rights for music featured on a film soundtrack. Therefore, you will need the PRS for Music Church Licence as well as the CVL if you show films during activities such as social and outreach events, or youth and children’s clubs.

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When showing films don’t forget:

You CAN You CAN’T
Ask for a contribution from people Charge an entrance fee.
Show any number of films/film scenes from the authorised producers signed Show any films – check the authorised producers list
Promote the film title within your church (notice board, newsletter, etc) Promote the film title outside of your church (including billboard, websites etc)
Show films from television series that have been published by an authorised studio. Show films that you have recorded from television.
Put the DVD in your computer and cue it up Burn the film onto another media for adding into a presentation.

Licensing an Event

The CVL is also available as an event licence if you only require cover for a limited time, for example for an outreach event. Licence fees are calculated per head.

Licence Fees

The annual cost of a Church Video Licence is based on the average aggregate attendance at your main service. If you’re already a CCLI licence holder, we’ll calculate the fee pro-rata to the expiry date of your existing licence(s). Contact us for details.

Church Video Licence
Attendance Category Licence Fee
1 - 49 A £72.00
50 - 99 B £146.00
100 - 249 C £182.00
250 - 499 D £216.00
500 - 999 E £285.00
1000 - 1499 F £358.00
1500 - 2999 G £430.00
3000 - 4999 H £549.00
5000 - 9999 I £744.00

Terms of Agreement apply.

Further Information

Fact File: Showing Films In Church

This printable PDF provides more information about the copyright implications of showing films in church.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about showing films in church