California Podcast Attorney – Basic overview of the legal side of Podcasting
Legal Side of Podcasting
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This blog will focus on the best tips I can give to young persons out in the internet world who seek to make a name for themselves by podcasting. This form of media can be fun, fun, fun as long as you keep your eye on a few legal topics that may arises. As a firm that has helped many entertainers, athletes and technology startups, this page should give you some general information to think about.
Here is a list of Attorney Steve's top 10 tips to running your own podcast, from a legal perspective.
- Know who your audience is going to be. Focus on either a niche market (ex. software audit attorney discusses money damages) or make it broader more for the masses (top lawsuits in the entertainment industry).
- Once you know who your target audience is going to be, pick a name for your show that may appeal to them. For example, if you go with the more geeky software audit niche for your show, you may pick a name like “The Pirate Report” or “Copyright Watchdog” (dealing with copyright infringement, SIIA or BSA software audits and Bittorrent Defense law for example). If you go with the more broad “legal side of entertainment, possibly you cloud choose a name like “Divas on the Docket” or something along those line, or “Hollywood Legal Report” where you can analyze the entertainment legal news that's coming out of Los Angles and Hollywood.
- When choosing a good name for your podcast, try to find a great name that (a) everyone can easily spell and remember, (b) look it up to make sure no one else in a similar field is using that name, and (c) make sure you can get a nice domain name that likewise does not make you a cybersquatter and which helps you easily brand and market your show.
- On air, keep the cussing to a minimum, and try to run a clean show. In most cases a clean show may make it easier for you to syndicate your show and build fans and followers.
- Use a nice podcast into, one that is short and also creative. You might want to consider seeking copyright protection for the video.
- You might want to seek federal trademark protection for any slogs or sayings you use to identify your show such as “The show that hits all time lows” or whatever. These slogans if used over and over to your fans delight, you should consider getting trademark protection for.
- If you have guests on your shows, and you do interviews (ex. Q and A's) have them sign a simple release form that allows you to use their name, image and likeness on all forms of media known and to be created in the future, perpetually and without any limits. This would be known as clearing or obtaining the right of publicity.
- The same is true if your podcast relies on any movie clips, sounds clips, jingles, or other intellectual property rights owned by any other third party. Make sure you own the rights to do what you are doing.
- Promote yourself on the web using youtube (you can turn your podcast into a movie), twitter, linkedin, and facebook. There are others, these are the ones I like to focus on.
- Hold some promotions on your shows, give something away that will make the show memorable. Do something crazy now and then to get social media attention. Also, make sure to run you podcast at the same time each day, and for the approximate same duration. In short, get people hooked. They want information and they want to have fun and hear things you will not hear on mainstream, airwaves including TV, film and radio.
Podcast law legal services
We can help you with the following types of services
- Contract – draft, review and revise
- Talent & model release forms
- Choosing great names that won't infringe trademarks (and basically waste your marketing efforts)
- Free speech issues that may arise
- Defamation (libel and slander issues)
- Contests and give-aways, promotions
- Syndicating your show
- Copyright protection for final shows
- Licensing of copyrighted content to media, other entertainers, and/or corporate end-users
- Reporter's shield laws
- Rights of privacy
Contact us if you need an entertainment & intellectual property law firm to help you keep the legal issues in check
We have helped many other companies and creative entrepreneurs in identifying, protecting, enforcing, and promoting their brand. We offer flexible and affordable legal fees and plain understandable legal talk that you can relate to. Call us for a free initial consultation at (877) 276-584.