Yep, everyone's favorite topic! Here is some basic guidance to keep you and your ministry safe and above reproach ("reproach", now there's a churchy word).
Here are some basics:
1. To get started download the document Basic Copyright Laws.
2. Then the site you really want to become acquainted with is: Church Copyright License (CCLI)
CCLI is not just a licensing company. It is in their heart and DNA to serve the church and encourage the spirit of worship. It is a one-stop website to help congregations understand copyright laws and gives the opportunity to secure licenses. CCLI has done all the hard work for you. They have negotiated agreements with songwriters and publishers from around the world. This agreement allows churches to copy from over 300,000 worship songs to assist with congregational singing.
The CCLI website is comprehensive. If you get stuck, call Customer service at 800-234-2446
3. Another organization designed to give you access to media use is WingClips.
With both free and paid subscription options, wingclips gives access to thousands of inspirational movie clips from popular movies that you can show for public viewing. You can search for clips by movie title, scripture, category, or theme. It is a great way to legally show the scenes from movies you wish to show your youth. Sermon Outlines are available for some clips.