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Lockdown Videos and Livestreams - Help / Frequently Asked Questions
Background

During the 2020 pandemic, with theatres dark and many people locked-down at home, many theatre companies have looked to doing performances via video.
There are three broad possibilities:

  1. A play reading within a closed group (where members of the group read to one another).  For this you need scripts, but there is no performance rights fee. More details here.
  2. A video, uploaded to a web site, for which you need scripts and lockdown video rights (for which you pay a fee) - see below.
  3. A live stream of a performance or a play reading, for which you need scripts and streaming rights (for which you pay a fee) - see below.

Many groups are creating lock-down videos, with individual cast members recording their roles and a video editing genius stitching the recordings together into a performance.
If a video is shown to an audience, then in copyright terms, that is treated in the same way as any other performance: it requires the permission of the script writer, which is granted in exchange for a royalty fee.
Lazy Bee Scripts has made arrangements with our authors, so we can grant permission through our web site.  You will need to purchase scripts and lockdown video performance rights, but we have set the rights fees considerably lower than the costs of performance rights for the stage.
(Note: we will not license videos of interactive Murder Mysteries, but we will license livestreams - see below.)
You can find our terms and conditions here (which include general permission to make script changes to adapt to the circumstances of lockdown videos).
You can buy scripts and video rights here.

Streaming

Streaming means that the audience members all watch your performance at the same time (and it is only available at that time).  It may be a live performance or a streamed video, but it does not persist on the Internet after the stream.
For a play, the stream could be a performance or a rehearsed reading.
Since a stream is a performance to an audience, it requires the writer's permission (as with the Lockdown Videos, above).
For plays, you can find our terms and conditions here (which include general permission to make script changes to adapt to the circumstances of streaming).
You can buy scripts and video rights here.
For Murder Mysteries, you can find our terms and conditions here.
There will be a link to purchasing rights as soon as we've sorted out the discounts.

Lockdown Video Examples

The gentlemen of TLC Creative (plus a friend) have made an example of themselves by creating videos of some of their sketches.  They used Zoom! with some of the "virtual backgrounds" plus some video editing software to produce:-
Looking for Mr Evil
Redundancy
Phone Blackmail