Feeds

UK podcasters push for better licensing

Music Alliance urged to tweak rule book

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Podcasters have met the Music Alliance in an attempt to get performance fee collectors to reconsider their rules on using licensed music in downloadable audio.

The UK Podcasters Association (UKPA) was set up to counter a Music Alliance scheme it describes as “unworkable”. Its membership is drawn from the several hundred small media and homebrew podcasters in the UK.

UKPA chairman Dean Whitbread said: “We would like to be able to pay a reasonable fee, without worrying about restrictive “rules” whilst we pioneer, develop and exploit new commercial formats.

"If they let us do that, ultimately they'll make a lot more money out of us."

The UKPA says the Music Alliance's podcast licence is too vague and impinges on speech-only podcasts and on those using so-called “podsafe” music, which is licensed under alternative arrangements such as Creative Commons.

The Music Alliance, a federation of the Performing Right Society (PRS) and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS), launched its podcast music licensing scheme in March.

MD Steve Potter said at the time: “Podcasting has really exploded into life over the past six months. It has quickly moved from the efforts of a few hobbyists into an accepted method of distributing content. We are introducing this licence as quickly as possible to enable music podcasters to trade legitimately.”

The Music Alliance says the licence is a trial in its current form, set to run until the end of the year. It is meeting with interested parties and big providers to figure out how best to collect subs from podcasters. Opponents of the current licence say it costs too much for hobbyist podcasters to comply.

MCPS and PRS are currently in dispute with the record industry over how much artists should be paid from online distribution of their work. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.