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Songwriters

How can I register with CCLI?

To become a registered Copyright Owner with CCLI, you need to provide written agreement. Please contact our Copyright department on 01323 436104.

How much does it cost to register songs with CCLI?

There is no charge to register songs with CCLI. Please contact our Copyright department if you would like to register your songs on 01323 436104.

Do copyright holders disappear from your list if no one uses their work?

Our Copyreport software lists over 20,000 most reported songs but our database includes over 200,000 songs. Copyright holders are not deleted from our database when their works are not reported as used.

Once a song is copyrighted and produced by a church how does the author of the work get paid for usage?

CCLI pay out royalties to copyright holders registered with ourselves based on the reports returned to us by churches and other organisations.

I write songs. How do I go about copyrighting them?

Under the Copyright, Designs & Patent Act 1988 a newly written song is protected from the moment that it is written down or recorded in some physical or tangible format. Songs do not have to be registered in anyway to be copyright. It is common practice for the creator to send a copy of the work back to themselves by Recorded Delivery and then retain the sealed, dated copy of the work should anyone challenge ownership of the work. You could also deposit a copy with a solicitor.

Who can I contact to get my songs published?

CCLI is unable to recommend any particular publisher to you. The contact details for numerous music publishers, whom you may wish to contact directly, can be found on the Authorised Administrator List.

What rights do I have over my work?

Copyright provides the creator of a song with two main rights. The first is economic, giving the owner the right to charge any person who wishes to copy, perform or record their work for any commercial or non-commercial use. The second is a moral right, protecting the work from any use or arrangement that is contrary to the wishes of the copyright owner.

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