In Episode 49, Jay Douglas tells the story of the man behind the modern radio jingle and that tune you just can’t get out of your head.
In Episode 30 of the podcast, host Jay Douglas tells the story of why we all marched out of our high school and college graduations to the same music without, for legal reasons, naming that tune.
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.
Imagine, if you will, a strange new world in which the only way to hear the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra is to buy their recordings and listen to them in the privacy of your own iPod. Right now, the big boys of radio (and streaming) are grappling with the possibility of just such a future. But one radio broadcaster doesn’t share this vision, and and has revived an…uh…interesting legal theory. When put forth in 2009, the theory was dismissed in a heartbeat. But the modern approach has some legal heft behind it, including accidental support from the record industry. This time, the argument just might work.