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The Day the Music … Changed

Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Adam Curry's Daily Source Code is undoubtably the flagship podcast, the exemplar of the podcasting movement. So the significance of Adam's shift today in DSC 275 is one well worth noting. Adam was contacted by the dutch equivalent of the RIAA and told in no uncertain terms that either the DSC become 100% non-copyright music, or he'd face a future in court (it was through the Dutch agency since he hosts his files there). So, as of today, the Daily Source Code is "100% podsafe music" and nothing that will infringe. Sadly, that also means that mashups won't be appearing, at least not mashups of copyrighted songs ... I suspect that both the BackTracks podcast and Hit Tests might disappear as well. BUT, it is also worth noting that this will mean that everything on the DSC is legally redistributable from now on. So podcasters, start looking for podsafe and creatively copyrighted music and ONLY those sources!

For educational podcasters, Adam's experiences serve as a reminder that we need to make sure everything that appears in any sort of edupodcast - be it from lecturers, teaching and learning developers, students, or anyone else - must conform to copyright laws and not infringe or we're inviting a whole world of hurt! That said, the Podcast Music Network is probably the quickest growing collection of cool music on the planet. There are plenty of nifty songs that make great intros and background music as well ... just remember to acknowledge them!

Also worth thinking about is the implication for podcasts of lectures, such as those rendered with the iLecture/Lectopia system. I suspect any lecture which includes commercial music or, say, a film excerpt will also have to be removed from a podcast feed (or not made into a publicly accessible one). I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun implementing that one ...

Update: Meanwhile, Wired is reporting on a power struggle between Adam Curry and the convenors of the Portable Media Expo.

[Cross posted from my eLearning Blog]

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At 11/09/2005 05:40:00 am, Anonymous Phillip Molly Malone said...

I smell a rat!

At 11/09/2005 10:17:00 am, Blogger Tama said...

Following Phillip Molly Malone's comment, I followed the link to his "I smell a Curry'd rat" which suggests something of a conspiracy behind the announcement by Adam in order to push the Podsafe Music Network. My reply to that:

While I do agree it would be nice for Adam to push other 'podsafe' music types, especially those under a Creative Commons License or at Ourmedia.org for example, I don't doubt that he was officially and legally threatened. It has been a long time coming. Personally, I'll miss the hit tests.

And while Adam's certainly pushed the Podsafe Music Network, I do think it's a great resource ... just not the only one!

At 11/10/2005 09:53:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well , thanx to the whole deal i've had my run in with the podfather. The complete transcript can be found HERE : http://www.livejournal.com/users/knightblog/26460.html


At 11/10/2005 10:33:00 pm, Blogger Tama said...

Hi Knightwise,

Your argument with Adam seems very intense! I think tensions are running high, but from reading the comments in Adam's blog's thread, it seems to me that there's a lot of anxiety, but not that much disagreement ... everyone is pro podsafe music! While I can see it's important to have someone playing Devil's Advocate a little, I guess I do sympathise that Adam's been through something of an ordeal (I don't think it's a conspiracy to push the PMN, I think Adam genuinely thought he could convince RIAA in all its global forms to create new licenses for podcasting, as naive as that might be), and tempers are running high. He has, after all, put a lot of time into podcasting and the PMN, and has (as yet, at least) definitely not made money on the time put in. (There may be "moneitzation" in the future, but it certainly hasn't happened yet ... I can't imagine the advertising revenue from PMN is all that much.)

That said, exposure to non-PMN podsafe music, especially Creative Commons Licenses, or similar, which is a bit more explicit in the re-use rights, is important. Since Adam's, quite fairly, pushing PMN, perhaps more best-of-non-PMN podcasts would be a good idea to push other sources, such as the Staccato or Songs from the Commons.


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