What movies are covered under my license?
Other Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell if a TV show is covered under my Church Video License?
Similar to the process in the above video, with these differences:
1. The TV show must be available in the retail market (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, or download).
2. IMDB’s “Production Companies” list is now the focus (unlike movie titles where the “Distributor” list is the focus).
3. If one of our CVLI television producers is listed in the “Production Companies” section, the TV show is covered.
*Example: CVL producer, NBC/Universal Television (Law & Order, The Tonight Show, Heroes, Monk, The Office, Saturday Night Live).
*Example: CVL producer, Warner Bros. Television (The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, The Mentalist, The Closer).
Why are some popular Christian movies not covered by the CVLI License?
Unfortunately, some producers have elected to go with their own licensing strategies, instead of the blanket coverage that CVLI provides. As a legal owner of intellectual property, that is certainly their right. Nevertheless, we continue to dialogue with these producers and remain hopeful for eventual coverage agreements.
But keep in mind: CVLI represents hundreds of producers (including most major studios) and thousands of titles, so we are able to offer the best value by far when it comes to Church Movie licensing.
We own the movie, do we still need a license to view or show it in public?
Yes. The location requires a license regardless of who owns the movie. While you may own the actual movie, you are only granted the right to view it in a personal, private setting. Any public screening requires a license.
Once I have my license, do I need to call CVLI and obtain permission to show a covered movie?
No. Your Certificate of License states your right under copyright law to show copyrighted motion pictures and other programs that are available for rental or purchase in any legal format, such as DVDs, in your specified facility, without the need to contact us.
What are the advertising restrictions?
1. The outdoor exhibition is held on the Facility(ies) identified in the Application or as Licensee otherwise notifies (no off-site facilities).
2. The outdoor exhibition is not visible from the street or any adjacent property.
3. The outdoor exhibition audience is limited to members of the facility or church and their guests. It is not open to the general public or non-members.
4. No admission or other fee will be charged to the audience.
5. The exhibitions cannot be used to endorse any goods or services.
6. Regarding advertising (Term ‘4. RIGHTS’ of the License Terms):
a. Limits the audience to authorized viewers of a licensed facility.
b. No specific titles, or any characters from such titles, or producers’ names will be advertised or publicized to the general public (the major studios view any advertising as competing with the local theaters and/or title by title distributors).
c. This restriction applies to local papers, the internet, radio, television, outdoor marquees, flyers outside the facility, and any other media outlet to the general public.
d. Any promotion is limited to a posting of a “movie night” on the Licensee web site.
e. Within the licensed facility it is fine to post flyers and include the title, characters, and production company of the movie. This information may be included in mailings or emails sent directly to facility or church members.
We do not charge admission. Do we still need a license?
Yes. The U.S. Copyright Act states that regardless of whether an admission fee is charged, a license is required. In fact, the license does not cover showings where an admission fee is charged.
We are a non-profit. Do we still need a license?
Yes. The legal requirement to obtain a license applies equally to non-profit and for-profit organizations.
We are a Sunday school or child care center; do we qualify for a “face to face” teaching exemption?
No. The educational exemption is narrowly defined and applies to full-time, non-profit academic institutions only.
We rent our facility to other groups. Can we be liable for copyright infringement?
Yes. The exhibitor is considered the “primary infringer,” but the owner may be held vicariously liable or considered to be a “contributory infringer.”
Can this license be packaged with our CCLI licenses?
No. The CCLI and CVLI licenses are separate and have different fees and renewal dates.
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