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Podsafe Music Network is the Music really Safe?

Posted by geeknews at 7:21 PM on September 26, 2005

I am not a lawyer, but as much smack as I talk about the RIAA, their is no way in this world that I would play music that any of the major license holders could come back on me and say hey guess what buddy you have violated my copyright and you owe me some money.

If you haven’t read my book, and if you are playing around with fire in playing music that you have not personally been given explicit written permission to play, and you are positive that the music is not licensed by ASCAP, BMI, RIAA and a handful of other acronyms you better be careful!

In the referenced article I am not familar with the song but Brag Gibson points out a concern over music he found on the Podsafe Music Network, and looking at what he has to say makes me wonder if some people are putting a lot at risk.

I have not taken the time to look at the agreement that the podsafe music network makes their artist sign, but I am sure some music that should not be their has likely slipped through the crack. [bradfordgibson.net]

This is one of the reasons why podcasters still need a clear cut licensing model! I sure would like to play some ACDC on my show from time to time.

One Comment

  1. From Jay at 11:47 pm on September 26, 2005

    I hope you don’t mind, but I’m cross posting my comment here too as it’s certainly relevant. Milage may vary, as I’m referencing the CC 2.5, and this site uses the CC 2.0.

    If you read the “legal code” (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/legalcode), you will see that the “Licensor” waives all rights to collect royalties from works derived from the original work while the original work is distributed under the Creative Commons license. The Licensor can terminate their license, but derived works still have a “perpetual (for the duration of the applicable copyright)” license. I’m not a lawyer, but I interpret it as: “as long as the orignal work is copyrighted, and has been released under the CC, a perpetual license is granted to the Licensee.” I could be wrong, but they can’t come back and ask for royalities, because it a perpetual license.

    My $.02USD…