Downloadable Radio Shows
September 13, 2004 10:15 AM Subscribe
What are the legal ramifications of providing downloadable versions of radio shows online?
posted by RustyBrooks to law & government (5 answers total)
First, many stations seem reluctant to put up audio clip versions of their show on the web, even if it's streamed live via the web. When they do put it there, it's usually in a very difficult to download and re-listen to manner.
Is this due to the way royalty law is structured? i.e. they pay different if it's live-only versus if you can replay it? Do they make it hard to download so you can't re-distribute?
Is it legal to record a radio show? Can you give that to people.
If so, would it still be legal to compile mp3's of all the songs on the show and make them available to people?
For the record, I'm just idly curious. I listen to the Paul Slavens show on KERA in Dallas quite frequently. It's a great eclectic music show. Been thinking of getting an FPP together about Slavens, the Texclectics, etc. He's very responsive to emails and we chatted a bit. I often don't get to catch all of the show (7-10pm on sundays) and would love to hear it later, and I think other people would too. He's checking with the radio station to see what he/they can do. I'm curious about what I can do.