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Podcast Protection

Podcast Protection: Legal Essentials for Hosts and Guests [Live Workshop]

The world of podcasting is enjoying boom times.

With the global market surging to $25.85 billion in 2023 and podcast ad revenue expected to reach $2.2 billion, the medium is rapidly evolving into a lucrative business and influential platform.

In the United States alone, podcasting is on track to exceed a billion dollars in revenue. These figures not only highlight the immense popularity of podcasts but also the significant opportunities for content creators, advertisers, and guests.

This workshop aims to help you navigate this vibrant landscape, ensuring you are legally equipped to capitalize on these burgeoning opportunities whether you are a podcast host or a podcast guest.

Legal Considerations in Podcasting

In the rapidly evolving world of podcasting, understanding the legal landscape is not just an advantage—it’s a necessity.

As a medium that blends creativity with public reach, podcasting presents unique challenges and potential pitfalls.

Key Topics

  • Copyright Issues: Learn about using content legally, including music, sound effects, and third-party materials. If you’re a guest discussing your own work, understand how sharing affects your rights.
  • Trademark Considerations: Understand how to avoid trademark infringement and respect brand identities when naming your podcast and when discussing the brands of others during the show.
  • Contracts for Success: Appreciate the need for podcasting contracts. Podcasts hosts need to own the content, but guests may need some control, as well.
  • Sponsorship and Advertising: Explore the legalities of sponsorships and advertising, including FTC compliance.
  • Defamation and Liability: Learn how to avoid defamation in your podcast content and understand the legal consequences of defamatory statements.
  • Use of Disclaimers: Understand the role and importance of disclaimers in podcasting to mitigate potential legal risks.

These topics will be illustrated with real-world cases and practical examples for optimal podcast protection.

Downloadable Guest Agreement

Attendees will be able to download a comprehensive, ready-to-use guest agreement template. This valuable resource ensures clarity and legal safety for your podcasting collaborations.

Broadcast Away

This workshop is designed to arm you with the essential knowledge to navigate confidently the challenges in the podcast industry and keep your podcast and guest appearances legally sound.

Join us on Thursday, January 18th at 1 p.m. ET.

NOTE: In 2024, Creative Law Center workshops will be held on the third Thursday of each month (for the past three years, workshops were held on the third Wednesday of each month).

About the Author

Kathryn Goldman helps small business people, writers, artists, and creative professionals make a living from their creative work by teaching them how to protect and enforce their rights. She is an attorney who writes these posts to help you be more thoughtful about intellectual property and the law as you build your business, write your stories, and create your art.