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Bag and Baggage blogger and Reed Smith lawyer Denise Howell is posting this week from the Corporate Podcasting Summit in San Francisco. Yesterday, she and IP lawyer Colette Vogele spoke on a panel about the disruptive potential of podcasting, followed by lawyer Andrew McCormick on legal issues and DRM in podcasting.

Their panels "touched on the logistical issues around registering a work (or series of works) like a podcast with the Copyright Office." They are daunting, she says, leading her to conclude "that the registration process needs to adapt to more readily embrace media like blogs, podcasts, vlogs, videocasts, etc." The same is true with regard to licensing music to use on a podcast, she says, adding:

"Like the copyright registration process, the traditional music licensing framework was established without reference to the sorts of technologies and media we see today, and doesn't (yet? hope springs eternal) accommodate them well."

As it turns out, Howell recently interviewed her co-panelist Vogele for an upcoming installment of her own podcast, Sound Policy. Vogele is co-author of Podcasting Legal Guide: Rules for the Revolution, "a general roadmap of some of the legal issues specific to podcasting."

With so much interest in the law of podcasting, we can only take this as evidence that podcasts, like blogs, are now serious tools of business.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 22, 2006 at 04:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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