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Worship Lyric Videos

Worship Lyric Videos

Worship Lyric Videos

Engaging God's people in Praise

Image by Anuraag Rajasekhar

Can I Legally Use YouTube Videos In My Church?

By default, YouTube videos are NOT licensed for use in church but certain copyright owners are still happy for their content to be used in that way. As a rule of thumb, CCLI recommend that you get written permission from each original copyright holder before playing any of their videos in church.


It is illegal to download videos from YouTube. This is explained in YouTube terms of service as follows:

You are not allowed to access, reproduce, download, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, alter, modify or otherwise use any part of the Service or any Content except:


(a) as expressly authorized by the Service; or


(b) with prior written permission from YouTube and, if applicable, the respective rights holders

Worship Lyric Videos are produced especially for use in churches and we cover the cost of the relevant song publishing licensing ourselves. You will still need a CCLI license which is always the case when using any copyrighted songs in church (either live or pre recorded).

What Are The Advantages Of Using Worship Lyric Videos instead of YouTube?

1) Song Keys

Most YouTube backing tracks are recorded with the original artist's song key in mind and those are rarely useful for a congregation to sing along with. For example, if the original is a male singer, you may find that female singers in your congregation are struggling to reach the higher notes in the song. All Worship Lyric Videos are produced in the most suitable keys possible for a mixed congregation.

2) Arrangements

Many worship songs found on YouTube contain extended instrumental breaks and additional repeated sections. All the song arrangements used in Worship Lyric Videos are produced as if they were a live band leading in church without too many repeats or extended instrumentals.

3) Volume

Songs found on YouTube have come from multiple different sources, perhaps from a company, a hobbyist at home or a local church. All songs produced for Worship Lyric Videos have been mastered to the same level specification meaning that whichever style of songs you choose for your service, they will all be playing at a consistent volume.

4) Lyrics, Backgrounds and 'Next Line'

Using YouTube videos takes a lot of extra time to research whether it looks suitable for congregational use. Many contain lyrics that are too small for some to read, have lyrics that change too slowly, or have busy and distracting backgrounds. All Worship Lyric Videos are carefully designed with consistently clear and legible lyrics, soft backgrounds that don't become distracting in worship and the unique 'next line' feature which makes singing along easier and more natural than ever before.

5) Legal

Most importantly and as mentioned at the top of this page, using Worship Lyric Videos is legal and means you don't have to seek permission from content owners to use them in your church or small groups.

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