And there's loudcity.com, I think it is. Adam says the only way to do it in
podcasts would be to use DRM, and it'd have to expire. Not sure there's any
accessible, cheap solutions to issue the licenses to play it then, so one
couldn't probably use DRM if you wanted to.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jonathan Mosen" <jmosen@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 6:15 AM
Subject: RE: Playing Music on your Podcasts!
Guys, I started writing this post three times and stopped, but, with a big sigh, here goes.
I feel like some perspective is in order here. Most of you are in exactly the same position podcasting as you are if you are streaming. I use ACB Radio Interactive as an example only. Just about everyone on this list I am aware of who is Shoutcasting, whether with ACB Radio Interactive or not, is in the same potential predicament. ACB Radio Interactive does not have appropriate licensing arrangements with ASCAP or BMI. This at best makes ACB vulnerable and at worst makes individual broadcasters sitting ducks. The RIAA can come after ACB Radio Interactive any time it wants and shut it down. It can come after any podcaster and shut it down. And, maybe they will. I think though that in the first instance they would issue a warning. But one of the reasons why this hasn't happened yet, and in the case of most of us is highly unlikely to happen, is the shear number of so-called violators, the relatively small number of listeners that most of us enjoy, and the fact that the RIAA have bigger fish to fry in the form of the wide scale pirating of copyrighted music in CD quality.
Mr. Curry is a completely different matter. He is the self-proclaimed father of podcasting, and therefore the RIAA has a vested interest in making an example out of him. Although many of us dispensed with his podcast long ago, I would suspect his numbers are still very, very large. By targeting him, they fire a warning shot at the entire podcasting community easily and cost effectively. But are they going to come after your average podcaster? Perhaps, but I think it's very unlikely given the focus on file sharing which they know is a much bigger issue for them.
Incidentally, there are solutions for those who stream to make their streams legit. One such solution is http://www.swcast.net, but I note that few people use it, which I think is a testimony to how real this risk is in reality. Jonathan Mosen Blog, podcast and radio show: http://www.MosenExplosion.com Ph: +1-925-566-9265. Mobile/SMS +1-806-252-6671