What is the deal with copyright for songs released by Emu?

Sheet Music

All of our sheet music is available to purchase online (or on older Enhanced CDs). To reproduce sheet music for your church musicians requires you having the CCLI Music Reproduction Licence. (For special circumstances you can contact us for permission). An alternative to the CCLI license is to buy extra copies of the sheet music. Normally we provide at least a piano score and melody line version - so a small band could easily get away with one to two scores sets.

Overhead Transparencies, Songs Sheets, PowerPoint

To reproduce the words of our songs onto Overhead Transparencies, Song Sheets, Powerpoint etc, requires your church to have a CCLI Church Copyright Licence.

Whatever license you are using, please make sure you report your song use regularly, as per the conditions of your licence.

What about public performances and theatrical productions outside of church?

Eg. Using a song in a concert; or performing one of our kid's CDs as a musical.

Performing Rights are administered in Australia by APRA, of which Emu and its writers are members, and in the UK by PRS. (Find out about affiliate societies in other parts of the world). APRA requires a small license fee to be paid for any public performances of its members' songs - even at non-profit performances and in schools (except in actual church services). You can apply online for a license for your ticketed or free event at the APRA website.

Performance of our sound recordings

We are happy for you to play one of our CDs within the context of a ‘normal’ Church service, without cost and without you having to ask prior permission. If you are in doubt about what a ‘normal’ church service is, please contact us.

Reproducing our sound recordings

You must not make copies of our sound recordings (other than for personal private use) without our permission. This includes making copies of mp3s for friends or even for your church music team to learn a song. You can purchase most of our songs either on this site or on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon etc.

If you want to use one of our recordings on a public release CD or video - whether for money or for free - you must contact us first for permission.


We know that copyright is complicated! We are, of course, happy to answer any questions you may have.