You may see this popping up in a variety of online news sources today:
PODCAST PRESERVATION FOUNDATION BEGINS ACTIVITIES
San Antonio, TX - A new activist group has formed and is pushing state,
national and world-wide legislation to help preserve and maintain the
historical value of the new media phenomenon known as podcasting.
"We've seen incredible growth in the last two years" says founding
member Steve Eley of Escape Pod, one of the first podcasts made
available. "A driving concern is that this rapid growth and huge success
could result in further change which may take podcasting down a road
completely foreign to the original intentions of our chosen profession".
He sites recent incursions by several large media companies into the
realm of podcasting as well as new devices and distribution models as
evidence as the need for further action.
According to CC Chapman of Accident Hash, "Record companies are the
among the biggest offenders and are literally flooding our 'airwaves'
with commercial music. In a few years it will be nearly impossible for
the independent artist to be heard above the din."
Adam Curry agrees. "We need to stem the tide of commercial dollars
before it overwhelms our movement. I think advertising and sponsorship
deals are one of the biggest inhibitors to our future growth. We need to
keep these incursions in check, and PodShow is committed to keeping the
big guys at bay".
But not everyone is thrilled at the potential impact of the group.
"Personally, I'm not comfortable giving my my six-figure sponsorship
deal with Pepsi, or my licensing deal with Arista records. If I can put
my kids through college through podcasting... who are these guys to take
that away from me". That's from Dan Klass formerly of The Bitterest
Pill, recently acquired by Clear Channel Communications.
Senator John Edwards, the first political candidate to podcast his
platform in 2005, agrees in principal with the foundation, and has
promised to introduce legislation which would make a legal definition
for the term "podcasting". "We're just getting started", said Sen.
Edwards "and by the time this is done, I'm confident that international
groups all the way up the UN will stand behind this critical piece of
legislation. Podcasting is important, and I think it's equally as
important to preserve it in it's truest form.
Evo Terra | DragonPage.com | SliceofSciFi.com