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SiriusXM: podcast transcript lawsuit "unnecessary", "unreasonable"

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  • Exclusive: Back in Dec 2021, SiriusXM were sued by the National Association of the Deaf and Disability Rights Activists, for not providing podcast transcripts. Almost eight months later, lawyers acting on behalf of SiriusXM have responded with an aggressively-worded 32-page document, which Podnews has obtained, calling the filing “unnecessary”, a “public assault”, and “a cudgel to tarnish responsible companies”. The request for transcripts for all shows on the platform is “misplaced and completely unreasonable”; and the whole filing is just “a public relations campaign”.

  • Opinion: SiriusXM claims that Stitcher has transcripts available for “some but not all” podcasts, and has “been working diligently to identify and select the technology to implement closed captioning”. Let’s save them the time - the solution is the podcast:transcript tag, which is in production in a number of podcast hosts, including Buzzsprout, Captivate and others. An already-supported, creator-friendly, open tool that allows both transcripts and closed-captioning could certainly help.

  • To promote its paid subscriptions, Apple Podcasts has launched two new 'charts’. One displays the “top subscriber shows”, and the other “top subscriber channels”. Both charts are visible only in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. For interest, here’s Australia’s top subscriber channels and shows.

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