Rules For The Revolution: The Podcast

Answering your questions about podcasting, new media and the law.

Episode 001: CC Licensing Basics

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Host: Colette Vogele

Guest: Mia Garlick

Topics and Questions for Episode 001: In this episode, Colette sits down with Mia Garlick, General Counsel for Creative Commons (CC), to discuss questions about licensing for podcasts.

  • What are the different types of Creative Commons licenses, and what problems are they trying to solve?
  • What is the Founder’s Copyright?
  • What is the difference between trademark and copyright, and how is that difference relevant to your website, blog, and podcast?
  • What are the issues you need to think about before applying a CC license to your works?
  • How does membership in a collecting society (like ASCAP or BMI) effect your ability to license your own creative works?
  • What are you licensing, and how specific do you need to be about it?
  • How is the Creative Commons license expressed, and what tools are available from CC to help podcasters?
  • Background: To get more background information on these and other topics, check the following links:

  • To get general information on the legal concepts discussed in this episode:
  • To search for CC-licensed work to use in your own podcast:
  • To learn how you can support the work being done by the Creative Commons, visit their web site:
  • As always, you can reference the The Podcasting Legal Guide: Rules for the Revolution for more information on these and other topics.

    Credits: Benjamin A. Costa, Legal and Production Intern. Music for this episode is licensed from Magnatune. (Artist: Burnshee Thornside; Album: The Art Of Not Blending In; Song: Can I Be A Star.) Special thanks to Creative Commons and Alex Roberts for the logo design, to Outhink for use of their studio, and to Bill Streeter for getting this site designed and rolling for us.

    The original content of this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to “Colette Vogele, Rules for the Revolution: The Podcast”.
    Creative Commons License

    Feedback We would very much like to hear from you and get your feedback on this new podcast series. Things you like, don’t like, or questions you have that you’d like answered in a future episode are welcome. Please send us your feedback and questions by emailing us at colette [at] rulesfortherevolution [dot] com or by calling our listener comment line at 206-350-5738.



    3 Comments so far

    1. Evan January 23rd, 2007 7:53 pm

      Great episode! Looking forward to more.

    2. Aldo Castañeda January 25th, 2007 10:17 am


      First thanks for an informative episode/podcast. Having produced my own podcast my only unsolicited advice is STICK WITH IT!

      The reason I’m writing is to ask if could provide links to any example release licenses. By that I mean examples of documents that a podcast producer would provide (perhaps via email) to individuals who are to be interviewed granting their “performance” in the recording to the podcaster. I hope that clear enough for you to understand. If not please be in touch and I’ll draft more lawyerly text ;-)

      Thanks and I look forward to your next episode!


    3. Matthew Wayne Selznick January 26th, 2007 1:07 pm

      Congratulations on the podcast, Colette! Color me subscribed!