Screening Licence

What is a Screening Licence?

A screening licence gives you the right to show a selected film to a public audience. All full-length films and even film scenes are protected and covered by copyright law. Thus, you will need a licence if you want to show this film to a public audience, that is your church, organization etc.

What if our organization has a CCLI or CVL licence?

These are licences set out to help churches with the right to use copyrighted material in their church. 

CCLI: The CCLI® Church Copyright Licence™ permits churches to project or print out the words and music to the world’s great worship songs and hymns. Further, the licence permits the creation of custom musical arrangements where no published version exists. A simple alternative to seeking direct permission from each copyright owner, the Church Copyright Licence is a trusted solution and presently covers more than 250,000 churches worldwide. For more info, visit

CVL: The Church Video Licence™ provides the legal cover required to publicly show film scenes during services and full-length films during outreach and social activities. It covers a huge range of films and many of the major studios, including: 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks, Disney, MGM, Paramount, Pixar and Universal. To further inspire your use of film scenes in teaching, standard membership of ScreenVue® is included in the price. For more info, visit

Why do you need a screening licence from us?

Even though CVL covers a multitude of production houses and film titles, our movie titles are not covered by this licence. In the case that you have obtained a CVL licence, it does not authorize you to sell tickets or screen any movie titles owned by CMD Entertainment Africa.

By obtaining a per title licence for our movies, you have the authorization to screen our movies, sell tickets, take up an offering etc. to aid the growth of your church / organization (T’s & C’s apply).

What if you don’t acquire a screening licence?

The copyright law of South Africa governs copyright, the right to control the use and distribution of artistic and creative works, in the Republic of South Africa. It is embodied in the Copyright Act, 1978 and its various amendment acts, and administered by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission in the Department of Trade and Industry.

South Africa is a party to the Berne Convention and the TRIPS Agreement. It has signed, but not ratified, the WIPO Copyright Treaty.

If you do not abide by this law – IT IS THEFT!

The Copyright Act also makes provision for criminal penalties - a fine which is a maximum of R5 000 per infringement and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years for a first conviction. The maximum fine and/or imprisonment penalty for a second conviction is R10 000 and/or 5 years.




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