Playing the National Anthem before a sporting event might be a good idea, but it isn’t the law.
A friend of mine paid $500 to use a photo on his website. Not only didn’t he plan on paying anything at all, he was lucky the bill wasn’t for two or three times as much.
What would you do if a minute or so of one of your podcast episodes was used as a teaching example in an online class? What if it found its way into a program on PodcastOne, Midroll or SiriusXM radio? The last thing that would come to my mind would be to issue a DMCA takedown order for copyright infringement. But, I’m not Sony.
Phil Schaap is a man caught in the middle. On one side there’s the Columbia University administration. On the other, SoundExchange, the non-profit organization that collects and distributes music royalties for Internet streams. What have Internet streams got to do with podcasting? It depends on how creative you are.
Dave Milberg is a former radio talent who is finding a new home in the podcast universe. He’s also taking a gamble that a formula he developed at Chicago’s WGN radio in 2010 will work in podcasting. And not land him in jail.