Video Licensing for Churches

CVLI Church Video License
Through an agreement with several producers, the CVLI Church Video License provides legal coverage for churches and for other ministry organizations to show home videocassettes and videodiscs of motion pictures. (Each organization needs to be specifically covered.) Coverage includes playing just a few seconds of a video all the way up to showing a full-length feature.

The Church Video License is one of the most cost effective and convenient ways for churches and other ministry organizations to protect themselves from the possibility of being fined for illegal use of videocassettes and videotapes.

What you can do with this license:

  • Pastors can use portions of movies to illustrate sermon points.
  • Sunday schools and Youth Groups can view the latest videos.
  • Educational classes can use videos for teaching and training.
  • Other ministry organizations (schools, childcare, conferences, camps) can also be licensed to include videos in their programs.

What you can't do: This license does not cover materials that have been copied from another source or recorded from television. It also does not cover charging an admission fee for video showings or where specific titles have been advertised or publicized. 

Visit for more information on the church video license.


Can we put YouTube videos on our church’s website?
Just because a video clip is posted on Youtube doesn't mean it's copyright-legal. While you can find a clip from just about any movie or TV show on YouTube, almost none of those clips are legal. If you put those videos on your website, you are guilty of copyright infringement.