April 23, 2024
The Latest Developments in Podcasting Legislation and Regulation

The Latest Developments in Podcasting Legislation and Regulation

Introduction

As a radiologist and avid podcaster, I’ve been increasingly perplexed by the growing amount of legislation and regulation surrounding this nascent medium. It seems like every day there’s a new law or rule being proposed, debated, or passed that impacts the world of podcasting. So, I decided to do some research and share with you the latest developments in podcasting legislation and regulation.

The Music Modernization Act

One of the biggest changes in podcasting legislation in recent years has been the Music Modernization Act. This law, which was signed by President Trump in 2018, aims to simplify the process of licensing music for use in podcasts, among other things. Before the Music Modernization Act, licenses for music could be difficult and expensive to obtain, but now there is a simpler and more streamlined system.

The CASE Act

Another new law that could impact podcasters is the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act, which was signed into law in late 2020. The goal of this act is to create a small claims court for copyright disputes, which could potentially make it easier for podcasters to resolve issues around copyrighted content.

The Podcasting Transparency Act

There have also been recent proposals for new laws that specifically target podcasting. One such proposal is the Podcasting Transparency Act, which would require podcasters to disclose any sponsored content within their episodes. While this law could potentially be helpful for listeners to know if the content they’re hearing is sponsored, it also raises questions about how disclosure would be enforced and how it would impact podcasters who rely on sponsorship for revenue.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Podcasters who create content for children should also be aware of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which regulates the collection of personal information from children under 13. This law could impact podcasters who have listeners under the age of 13, as they would need to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information such as email addresses or names.

Conclusion

As you can see, there’s a lot happening in the world of podcasting legislation and regulation. While some of these laws could potentially make things easier for podcasters, others raise concerns around enforcement and impact on revenue. As someone who loves podcasting and wants to see it thrive, I hope that lawmakers will continue to strike a balance between protecting consumers and allowing podcasters to create great content.

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