Deciding on a Podcasting Format
It is important to understand that there are multiple podcasting formats that can be used. When any podcaster is getting ready to decide upon a particular format for his or her podcast, he or she should be well aware that there are various rules that go with certain forms of podcasting. These rules exist to keep the podcaster from getting in trouble with various authorities.
A mistake in this arena can cause a lot of trouble for the podcaster. For instance, one major mistake that many podcasters have made when they first start creating podcasts is that they include music within their podcast. Often they do not have permission of the band or performer that created the music which creates copyright issues or infringement issues. It is illegal to use a musician's music without paying the musician for it.
While you may think that you are not profiting from using the music, this has no impact on whether you are allowed to use it or not. It is very important that you do not include any copyrighted audio material within your podcast. Most companies will first issue a cease and desist letter which will tell the podcaster to immediately cease and desist all use of that piece of music. Should the podcaster not comply in a timely manner, he or she can be sued in a court of law. By being careful, you can easily avoid costly lawsuits.
It is also very important to keep in mind the topic of the podcast when deciding upon the correct format. Different kinds of topics will need best used in a different kinds of formats. In general, there are no rules per se; however, there are generally accepted rules within the podcasting community. For example, if you are to use swearing, sexual material, or explicit content common it is generally accepted that you should warn you are listeners at the very start of the podcast.
Another issue that is deeply from the pond within the podcasting community is the use of slander. Keep in mind that slander is illegal and can really get you into trouble should you use slander on your podcast. It can also rule the reputation of your podcast for others as they expect that you will not be providing accurate or correct information. So, while slander isn't technically against the rules for podcasting, and it is illegal in the overall rules which govern us and so it is important to follow those rules.
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