Podcasts, Platforms, and Copyrights

copyrights

Copyrights and ownership for podcasts, the necessity for platforms to treat podcast content and RSS feeds as copyrighted content even if available to pull, and honoring the work the podcaster is doing with the standards and guidelines put forth. Plus, an interview with Gordon Firemark of  “Entertainment Law Update”, along with the latest podcast and in-demand headlines from Podnews. MouthMedia Network studios are powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • Example of Castbox reportedly removing links, republishing modified podcast feeds
  • Whats responsibility of platform carrying RSS feeds and right of podcasters to feeds
  • Podcasts protected by copyright law, period
  • The second you record or “fix” content, you have a copyright ownership, you do not have to register it, although that offer additional rights to register
  • Joint copyright ownership of everyone contributing
  • Differentiating trademarks from copyrights
  • Making copyrights available via feeds, but have different definition of what use permissions are
  • Changing ways show are presented and way show notes operate, and removing copyright notice – could this constitute intentional modification of a feed and therefore copyright violation?
  • Necessary to make sure you have permissions, especially if modifying RSS feed, as feed and audio are protected by copyright law
  • Implications to ability to generate revenue, track data and statistics accurately
  • Rights to consume, commercialize content requires direct consent for players
  • Creating collaboration instead of a kind of “land grab”

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In this episode:

  • An interview recorded at the 2018 Podfest Multimedia Expo withGordon Firemark of “Entertainment Law Update” podcast
  • The latest podcast and on-demand news from Podnews
  • MouthMedia Network CEO Rob Sanchez on copyright ownership for podcasts, the necessity for platforms to treat podcasts content and RSS feeds as copyrighted content even if available to pull, and honoring the work the podcaster is doing with the standards and guidelines put forth.

2 Comments

  1. You mention that your podcast is registered with the copyright office. Do you register every episode or submit several episodes in one registration? How would I check if someone has registered their podcast with the copyright office? I could not locate your podcast on http://www.copyright.gov

    • Hi Crash, we registered our podcast network with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (look up trademark registrations on TESS). You can find the link to our registration here. We also claim a common-law trademark (via the ™ symbol) on our show names and our “Is Your Business” series. We do not register our copyrights but copyright automatically is granted to any fixed medium (which includes audio recordings). We currently choose not to register our copyrights on our shows (you can register per episode or as a collection, but we are more concerned with enforcing our trademark).

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