'Seems to be insane' - more on the BBC block; and StreamGuys enables RAD
March 26, 2019 · 3.7 minutes to read
Our story yesterday about the BBC blocking its podcasts from Google Assistant and Google Podcasts has got significant coverage from publications like Voicebot, RAIN, ShortMag, RadioToday, and NU·nl. We also hear that French pubcaster Radio France have done something similar, though they’ve not responded to our questions.
- Journalist and futurist Ben Hammersley, who coined the word “podcast”, tweeted that “this seems to be insane”. Dave Winer, who added the concept of enclosures to RSS feeds, and thus is held by many to have invented podcasting, also tweeted a link to our story, highlighting the BBC’s requirement for a licence and user data. Juleyka Lantigua-Williams tweeted that the BBC are “setting a bad example and a dangerous precedent, especially for smaller producers like me. RSS feeds are the most democratic way to keep podcasts accessible and manageable.” Francisco Izuzquiza likens it to shooting yourself in the foot before going for a walk, though he doesn’t think it’s bad news for the industry as a whole. And we liked Jonathan “JB” Webb’s alternative headline: BBC says “Not OK, Google”. Top marks.
- Meanwhile, the European Union’s new Copyright Directive, to be voted on this week, could make it illegal for podcast apps to link to podcasts (or anything more than a “snippet” of text) without a licence or payment; and hard for podcast hosts to effectively operate without large fines for copyright infringement, and a filter for uploads.
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