Broadcasters have a host of other legal issues that they should consider in connection with their digital presence. At last week’s Maine Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention in Bangor, Dave Oxenford addressed these issues, including service marks and copyrights, employment matters, music on websites, the use of social media, privacy and sponsorship disclosure. A copy of Dave’s presentation on the Legal Issues in the Cyber Jungle is available here. Dave also mentioned that stations with websites featuring user-generated content, to help insulate themselves from copyright infringement that might occur in the posts from their audience members, should take advantage of the registration with the Copyright Office that may provide safe harbor protection if a station follows the rules and takes down offending content when identified by a copyright holder. The Copyright Office instructions for registration can be found here.
One of the most common issues that arise with radio station websites is the streaming of their programming. In August, Dave gave a presentation to the Texas Association of Broadcasters providing a step-by-step guide to streaming issues, with a summary of the royalty rates paid by different types of streaming companies. That summary to Internet Radio issues is available here. Additional information about use of music on the Internet can be found in Davis Wright Tremaine’s Guide to The Basics of Music Licensing in a Digital Age.
Dave will be presenting a version of the Cyber Jungle presentation to the Michigan Association of Broadcasters on October 12, a presentation that will be webcast to several other states. Information and registration for that seminar is available here.