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We've received some questions regarding streaming performances, readings, and other works electronically during these trying times. While there is no absolute answer, groups should remember that most scripts are protected under US Copyright law and require a license to perform them, regardless of whether the performance is for an in-person audience, live-streamed, or recorded for future broadcast, or whether for admission or free of charge.
Each licensing agent (for example Concord Theatricals, Music Theater International, or Dramatists Play Service) has their own work-specific requirements for performance licensing. They may offer certain temporary exemptions or allowances to address COVID-19 concerns, but that is NOT guaranteed. We advise checking with your licensing agent in all cases before any performance of a work.