Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) was originally established in 1988 to provide a copyright solution for churches wanting to reproduce the words of hymns and worship songs as overhead projectors and photocopiers began to replace hymnbooks.
As churches began to adopt new technology into their activities, CCLI responded to their needs with copyright licences to show films, play or perform music, record services, photocopy from authorised publications and to legally download song lyrics and music from the internet.
CCLI became aware that other organisations needed permission from the copyright owners for their activities and were able to offer licences to schools, events, Christian bookshops and many others.
Today CCLI administers over 165,000 licences in Europe and 515,000 worldwide. They are able to offer practical advice and support through the maze of copyright. With systems in place to ensure that copyright owners are fairly rewarded for their work, CCLI has become highly respected among the copyright organisations around today. CCLI licences are available in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Luxemburg, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.