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Frequently Asked Questions About Livestreaming

What is the difference between "livestreamed" and "recorded and streamed"?

"Livestreamed" refers to performances that are streamed online simultaneously as the actors are performing.  

"Recorded and streamed" refers to performances that are pre-recorded or make use of an archival video, and are then played back for an audience.

Each performance type requires a different set of permissions. Therefore, permissions for "recorded and streamed" productions may not be available even if our website indicates that "livestream" rights are available. 

How much are livestream royalties?

If you are a K12 organization, your royalty fee will be the minimum royalty rate as shown in the gray box on the product page for the title.  

If you are an amateur or professional organization, the royalty due will be EITHER the minimum royalty rate (listed in the gray box on the product page for each title) OR a percentage of your ticket sales for the stream (whichever is greater). The percentage quoted varies by title and is consistent with prevailing industry rates. 

After your performance, we will need a report indicating the number of times that the production was streamed and the fees collected for each stream. The report should include a summary as well as a daily breakdown. 

Upon receipt of your post-show report, we will issue an invoice outlining the royalty fees that are due. 

I am licensed for a staged production, but am now UNABLE to have an audience. Does my existing license allow me to stream the production instead?

No, permission to stream is not included in our traditional license and permission may not be available. Please contact our customer service department to determine if a streaming rider can be added to your license. Please note that royalty rates may differ from what was initially quoted based on changes to your production plans.

I am licensed for a streamed performance, but I now am ABLE to have an audience. Does my existing license allow me to switch to a staged production?

Please contact us with any changes to your licensed request as royalty rates are determined based on the initial information provided. 

I would like to have a staged production and also stream my performance. Is that possible?

Maybe. Traditional and livestream rights may not be available for all titles. Please contact us to discuss your request and review available options.

Can I request permission to stream using a platform that is not password protected?

All licensed streams must be password protected. Open streams will not be permitted.

Use of non-protected platforms is expressly forbidden for any Dramatic Publishing title and is in direct violation of all applicable copyright protections and laws.

Can I stream on Instagram, Facebook Live or YouTube? Do you have suggestions for other approved platforms?

Any platform is allowed as long as the stream can be protected in some way, with the use of password, access code or unlisted/private link. Use of non-protected platforms is expressly forbidden for any Dramatic Publishing title and is in direct violation of applicable copyright protections and laws.

Dramatic Publishing is not directly affiliated with any streaming platforms. Our customers have had success with platforms such as Zoom, Vimeo, ShowTix4U, On the Stage, and YouTube, among many others.

YouTube can be used as a platform ONLY IF the recording or livestream is uploaded as an unlisted link. This will allow the stream to only be viewed by those with the direct link to the stream.

Instagram and Facebook
do not allow for the streams to be password protected, so they are not accepted options.

We encourage you to join our private Facebook group to connect with other theatre professionals and discover what has worked (or not worked!) well for other organizations. Click here to join our Theatre Collaboration Group on Facebook.

Can I record and give out or sell the recording to cast, crew, family members, etc after the stream?

No. Many of our titles have archival rights that grant permission for the organization to keep one copy of the recording for archival purposes, but prohibit distribution. Please contact customer service to determine if creating an archival video is permitted for the particular title you are interested in.

How do I know if livestream rights are available for a particular title?

We currently offer livestream rights on more than 1,200 titles. They can be viewed here on our website.  

We are continually working to obtain permission to stream additional titles. Please contact our customer service department if there is a particular title you are interested in. 

Unfortunately, there are some titles that we are unable to offer or obtain streaming permission for. The product pages for these titles will have a note indicating streaming permission is not available. These titles include, but are not limited to: 
Twelve Angry Men (T42000)
Twelve Angry Women (T43000)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (L62000) 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (One-act) (L23000) 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Touring) (L54000) 
Narnia (N01000) 
Narnia (Touring)(N02000)

To Kill A Mockingbird (T91000)
To Kill A Mockingbird (Revised) (T34000)

Winnie-the-Pooh (Musical) (W01000)
A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail (W03000)
Winnie-the-Pooh (Sergel) (W37000)
A Winnie-the-Pooh (Touring) (W72000)
The House at Pooh Corner (H31000)

The Giver (G91000)
The Giver (Two-act) (GC9000)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (C53000)

Black Nativity (B72000)

Evil Dead The Musical (E91000) 
Evil Dead The Musical (High School) (E93000)

Do I still need to purchase a cast quantity of scripts if I purchase a digital script?

Yes, digital scripts cannot be shared or distributed without permission. A cast quantity of either physical or digital scripts is a requirement of both live productions and streamed productions.

For a list of titles that are currently available digitally, click here.

If you don't see a particular title you are looking for in this list, please complete this brief Digital Script Request Form.

Can I perform a radio play as an audio-only streaming performance or a podcast?

Yes, radio plays may be performed as audio-only streaming performances (or podcasts). Royalty fees will be calculated in the same manner as for regular streaming performances.

You can apply for rights using our regular streaming application form found herePlease indicate in the "Additional Information" section of the application that you will be doing an audio-only performance of the radio play you have chosen.

Also, please note that the script may not be changed in any way for an audio-only performance without specific permission in writing from Dramatic Publishing.

The chosen platform for the audio-only stream will also need to be protected, with the use of a password, access code or by utilizing an unlisted/private link.