Do you think the pandemic will bring a permanent change to the way video, and now live-streams, are handled by publishing companies? I've only recorded our plays or musicals when wording in our contracts allowed it. My understanding is that even archival copies have not been legal, unless you had written permission in your contract. More recently, some companies have begun offering an additional charge for filming shows, but it only affects a few titles. Parents always believe we can film the shows and sell it to them as a way to remember the production or a way to show it to family members in care facilities or to family who live to far away to see the show.
This spring, we're seeing companies start to offer these services (MTI with ShowTix4U, BookTix with TRW, Dramatic Publishing). It seems like it would be a win-win for the creators of plays and musicals, the companies that hold the rights to have another stream of income, while providing a way for more people to see students' work, and a way for families to hold on to these memories.
The copyright laws were written long before today's technology was created. At this point, I'd love to watch shows from the past that I directed. Seeing the performances from the National Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals, even BroadwayHD, and other professional companies online make me hope the royalty/publishing companies will find a way to make this happen for all educational theatre productions in the future.