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Authors have the right to approve livestreaming and/or recording of their shows. We want to make sure that those recordings happen with all the necessary approvals, protections against piracy, and appropriate remuneration.
While we believe this is a unique opportunity to embrace new technology, and bring theatre to an even larger audience, we want to ensure that dramatists are properly paid and consulted before their work is livestreamed and/or recorded. Please use the BA Help Desk if you have any questions, or would like to log a complaint.
As we navigate this new frontier, we ask you to not only consider the new productions that have been cancelled, or placed on hold, but also the licensed productions in theatres and schools, both professional and non-professional, across the country. If you are a writer or a composer, it is important to contact your agent and your publisher to explore how they are handling livestream requests and how your income might be affected.
Things to think about:
- What is the publisher's cancellation policy for licensees?
- Are you willing to pre-approve the addition of temporary live-streaming rights to your performance rights license?
- What happens when a licensed play or musical is postponed and not canceled?
- If a livestream request is made, how will the publisher notify you?
- What is the distinction between livestreaming a production, and recording a production for indefinite and/or later viewing?
- What approval process is in place to ensure that you are paid for each livestream of your work?
Articles about Livestreaming:
Links to Publishers: