Make sure the interviewee agrees to the interview, your adaptation of their responses (assuming you intend to adapt them), to the inclusion of their responses in your podcast, and the circulation of your podcast on the terms you choose.
Make sure all necessary rights and permissions are secured for the material included in your podcasts
Hank is a motivational speaker. When he makes his presentations, Hank speaks impromptu, without notes or any other advance preparation. He recently accepted an invitation by Acme Community College to speak at two functions there. At one of his appearances, Hank's speech is preserved in an audio recording. At the other appearance, his speech is not recorded in any way. Are either of Hank's speeches a copyrightable work?
Yes: The sound recording of Hank's speech is an original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression . . . namely, the audio preservation. Since the other appearance was not recorded in any way, and therefore not fixed in any sort of tangible medium of expression, it is not a copyrightable work.
Mickey, an enterprising student at Acme Community College, realizes at the last minute that he has neglected to complete an assignment that is due tomorrow in his jazz history class: to listen to, and describe the influence of, several classic recordings by Duke Ellington. The class instructor had placed the recordings on reserve in the Acme media center, where the students could easily listen to them at their leisure. Instead of listening to the recordings at Acme, however, Mickey chooses instead to download original versions of "Sophisticated Lady," "Mood Indigo," and "Take the 'A' Train" from an illegal music file sharing site off the Internet. He does this at a terminal late at night in the Acme computer commons, thinking that he'll never get caught and--since Duke Ellington has been dead for nearly thirty years--there's nobody left to complain. Is Mickey correct?
Mickey's downloading of the music was in violation of copyright law.
Mickey was not safe in assuming that a work is not protected by copyright simply because the composer or performer of a musical work is no longer living. Moreover, not only did his actions violate copyright law, they also violated Acme's computing resource standards which prohibit the use of software or "any other tangible form of expression that would violate or infringe any copyright or similar legally-recognized protection of intellectual property rights." Violation of such a policy makes him subject to discipline under Acme's student code of conduct.
In addition to serving as a student services officer at Acme Community College, Chuck also teaches a course every semester at Acme as an adjunct instructor. On each occasion he teaches his class, Chuck shows his personal copy (which he purchased from a Disney store) of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" to his. He loves the film so much that he also runs it whenever he can on the video player in the Acme student union. At no time has Chuck sought to obtain prior permission to show the film from Disney, but he feels confident that he is doing nothing in violation of copyright law. Is Chuck correct?
Copyright law allows Chuck to show a lawfully-made copy of a commercial film in his classes without obtaining the prior permission of the copyright holder. This exception only applies, however, to face-to-face instruction. It does not apply to such use as his showing the film in the student union. For that use, Chuck should obtain the prior permission of the copyright holder.
A “fair use” is copying any protected material (texts, sounds, images, etc.) for a limited and “transformative” purpose, like criticizing, commenting, parodying, news reporting, teaching the copyrighted work.
4 factors considered in fair use cases:
purpose and character of your use;
nature of the copyrighted work;
amount and substantiality of the portion taken; and
A book group organized by a high school teacher podcasts its meeting discussing J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye. The members discuss the book, read short portions of it aloud, and criticize and comment on the author's style, the storylines, and the like. The podcast is posted on the book group's blog site, which is hosted by the high school. The site includes no advertising and generates no revenue.
A podcaster uses the copyrighted music of pianist George Winston for the intros and outros of her podcast that is about yoga and meditation. The podcast has nothing to do with commenting or critiquing the music played.
A 10-minute podcast includes a group of music fans discussing a recent copyrighted article in Rolling Stone magazine about a new band. One fan reads 4 paragraphs of the 6-paragraph article and comments on its analysis of the band. Another fan plays a 1-minute segment of the band's copyrighted song, which is 2 minutes in length. The fan then discusses the music as it compares to other music in the genre. The fans post the podcast on a fan website where advertising is sold, and the fans receive revenue for their podcast.
Conclusion: This commentary/criticism by the fans in response to the article and song suggests a “fair use”, but the commercial/profit aspect of the site where the podcast is being distributed raises concern, as does the amount of the article and song taken in comparison to their overall length. Any negative effect on Rolling Stone magazine's market or the band's market for its music could cut against the fair use argument, though the podcasters might argue that the podcast promotes the Rolling Stone magazine article and band's song, and that it is not a replacement for either (of course, this would likely be costly and difficult to prove in a trial setting). Given the flexible application of the fair use doctrine, and that the burden lies on the podcaster to prove fair use, podcasters in this situation could be found to infringe.
http://promonet.iodalliance.com (a service from IODA (Independent Online Distribution Alliance) that offers podcasters, and others access to thousands of pre-cleared tracks from independent record labels)
http://www.pumpaudio.com/index.html (proper licensing of independent music for use in advertising, television, film and the web)
http://www.garageband.com/htdb/feed/partners.html (music supplier with large catalog of CC music)
http://www.gcast.com (free and simple service that provides entire GarageBand catalog that is podcast safe )