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Copyright guidance for images, music and text

Copyright is an intellectual property protection which affects the use of liturgy, music, images and other resources or text in worship, online (via PCs smartphones or tablets) and in print.

This page of our diocesan website has links to advice for working within the law. 

Fact Files

The Christian Copyright Licensing Agency (CCLI) has produced a number of resources to help you find the licence you need for your church. 

Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) contact details can be found here

Parish magazines

Please be aware that copyright could apply to material you may feature in your parish magazines or websites.

If in doubt, please check the copyright position of material you are planning to use as using the intellectual property of someone else without permission could a costly and embarrassing mistake.

There are various organisations that monitor usage of images as well as text and music use so make sure you are on the right side of the law. 

PLEASE NOTE: All original stories and other material published on the Diocese of Blackburn website are available for inclusion in parish magazines. This is your Diocesan website and the material we produce here is for everyone in the Diocese to use. However, this rule obviously does not apply to material linked to on other websites. 

Visit this diocesan page (on the Diocese of London website) for more information about how and when to be aware of copyright, as well as useful additional links to further information.

Ronnie Semley

February 2018, updated July 2019; November 2020



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