CCLI a scam?

Hello, all. I was doing some research on the CCLI, and I stumbled into an article claiming that it’s basically a scam. Here’s your link:

The TLDR is that the author claims that churches are exempt from copyright law for musical performance per a 1982 amendment to the Code, and he asserts fair use for the written lyrics to go with this.

I was wondering if anyone here could confirm or deny this. I do know that there’s an IP lawyer who has frequented this site from time to time (you know who you are :wink: ), but if any of you know enough to speak to this, I’d appreciate it.

Seth Ben-Ezra
Great Wolf