- Keith and the Girl show was interesting, but gotta keep breathing deep, especially if no
one's had any actual contracts in their hands (such as myself).
As a syndicated print columnist, however, I've had some experience with creator contracts
whatever you get, wherever you get it, it seems a simple two-way "get out of jail free"
clause would be valuable then, if you want to split the scene with your copyrighted
works because someone flipped you off, or your network wants to split b/c you said
something nasty about someone's mother, either way is fine.
It seems "exclusivity, in perpetuity, etc." is something that could be negotiated later,
assuming it's something a network like Podshow wanted to pay for it, and you end up with
something that has some estimated value.
Then, theoritically, at a time pointed out via contract, I could renegotiate for $1 million a
year to give up all the rights to my podcast, and either be laughed out of the room
(obviously) or actually get it (say they expect to make $10 million for it again,
But even diluted, you should be able to take your ball and go home after a set period.
Otherwise, even the grimiest "day job" might seem liberating by comparison.
Sure, Podshow bult a network, but you built content. Seems like a fair trade of value at the
start, and "hard work" can be stipulated on both sides at the get-go.
Before any podcaster creator signs a contract, they should do two things:
1) Get a lawyer
2) Read the last few pages of George Orwell's "Animal Farm." Then, check to see if there
are any pigs showing signs of walking on two legs.
Just my 2 cents, which I gladly distribute freely, without paperwork.