May 1, 2006

Podcasting legal guide released

The Berkman Center and the Stanford Center for Internet and Society have published an online legal guide to podcasting. Writes Lawrence Lessig in the foreword: "Something fantastic has changed: technology now invites the widest range of citizens to become speakers and creators. It is time that the law remove the unnecessary burdens that it imposes on this creativity."
Kilgore College in Texas decided to sell its public radio station to a religious broadcaster in part because its audience growth had stagnated and few of its members lived near the college. "What obligation does the board have to expend college funds to bring a service well beyond its service area or tax district?" asks Kilgore College President Bill Holda in the Longview News-Journal.
The Washington Post's Rob Pegoraro reviews HD Radio: "Seeing this technology inch its way into the market is getting to be as frustrating as trying to find some originality on your FM dial." Mark Ramsey links to Pegoraro's article and comments: "For the life of me, I don't understand why we're planting receivers with print guys."
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports on the return of public radio's American Routes to a damaged city and a new home there. "The question we're all facing with the culture so disrupted is how we'll make a living -- not just financially, but how will we live here and feel whole?" says host Nick Spitzer.
"This thing called public radio is a club, and they're not trying to let everybody in," says Tavis Smiley in a Washington Post profile that touches on his disagreements with NPR and with WAMU-FM in Washington, D.C., which airs his show at 2 a.m. (Related coverage in Current from 2003.)