The phenomenon of podcasting has been much analyzed, explained and undertaken. Technically, podcasting has been described as “the distribution of audio or video files, such as radio programs or music videos, over the internet using either RSS or Atom syndication for listening on mobile devices and personal computers.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting) More broadly, podcasting has been heralded as “the medium that promises a future where anyone can make radio, instead of just listen to it.” (http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.03/curry.html)
For those interested and involved in podcasting, this Podcasting Legal Guide has been prepared to provide general information about some of the more common legal questions that get asked in relation to podcasting.
As you may know, the Electronic Frontier Foundation produced a very practical and helpful Legal Guide for Bloggers (http://www.eff.org/bloggers/). This Guide is designed to complement the EFF Guide for Bloggers. Many of the issues that are relevant to bloggers are also relevant to podcasting; for those crossover issues this Guide refers you to relevant sections of the EFF Guide. However, where this Guide tries to carve new ground is in relation to some of the standalone issues that are of primary relevance to podcasters, as opposed to bloggers.
Before using this Guide, there are a couple of things we ask that you keep in mind:
We have included a brief explanation of how best to use this Guide, depending on your level of legal and technical knowledge here: How To Use The Podcasting Legal Guide.
Please post any suggestions or comments you have to the talk page of the Guide’s wiki (http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Talk:Podcasting_Legal_Guide). These comments will be reviewed periodically and will help us when preparing future updates to this Guide.