The world of copyright and licensing can seem rather daunting. Whilst it is a legal requirement for schools to comply with copyright law, we recognise that teachers are extremely busy.
For this reason we try to make the process of compliance as simple as possible.
The guidelines below explain the most common copyright and licensing issues.
Further helpful information can be found on the following website:
And also : A Guide to Licensing Copyright in Schools www.licensing-copyright.org (website currently being redeveloped)
And remember, we are always happy to help. For advice simply call our customer services team on 020 8481 7200
You are free to use the material in our songbooks or musicals for all teaching purposes. However, if our song lyrics are to be reproduced or if our musicals or songs are to be performed to an audience other than pupils and staff then the following legal requirements apply:
A licence is required if you wish to photocopy or reproduce our lyrics for any purpose, for example to create song-sheets or overhead transparencies or to project the lyrics onto screens or whiteboards, e.g. Words on Screen™. Photocopying of lyrics is covered if you hold an MRL licence from Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), but you should log the songs that are used on the MRL returns form that they send you every year.
Organisations that do not have an MRL licence should contact Out of the Ark Music directly for permission.
The performance of works involving drama, movement, narrative or spoken dialogue requires a title and date specific licence from the copyright holder/publisher. The requirement for a licence is irrespective of admission charges. A new licence would be required for further performances on different dates.
***Please note that your Performing Rights Society (PRS) Licence does NOT cover musicals***
Licences can be purchased from us in two ways –
1. Standard Licences
2. Instant Licences
Every Words on Screen™ package includes a single user licence allowing Words on Screen™ to be installed on one computer. To install Words on Screen™ titles on 2 or more computers on the premises, an Extension Licence must be purchased for each title.
Extension Licence per title is £29.95 / €38.95.
If you require further information on Words on Screen™ licensing, please contact our customer services team on 020 8481 7200
If any of our songs are to be performed in public (i.e. for the purpose of entertainment to persons other than the staff or pupils of a school) then royalty payments become due. Most schools have an arrangement with the Performing Right Society (PRS) through their local authority, in which case the performance of songs should be declared to the PRS.
Organisations wishing to perform our songs that do not have an arrangement with the PRS should contact Out of the Ark Music directly.
If you wish to make an audio or video recording of any of our works please contact our Customer Services team on 020 8481 7200 or go directly to MCPS who will issue the relevent licence on our behalf.