Podcast Release WordPress Plugin is a novel use of a WordPress Plugin that helps you blog better and professionally.
According to MWGblog’s Michael W. Geoghegan, the Podcast Release WordPress Plugin creates a Podcast Release form. This is a permission form to use your voice and words in a published podcast, on your site. It provides a link to send to your interview subjects, along with an administration panel to customize the information for the release. When the guest visits the page, they enter in their information and check that they accept the terms and give permission to be interviewed and have that interview published. The Plugin then emails the information to all parties and you are set to go.
Geoghegan has a Podcast Release sample page to show you what it would look like.
The neat thing about this Plugin is its efficiency. For those blogs which publish more than one podcast a week, and those who include more than one guest per podcast, this easy-to-use form would simplify the process.
It’s also version 0.1, so expect this to improve as more people put it through the wringer of use.
Didn’t Know You Need Permission to Podcast People?
So, you didn’t know that you need permission to use a person’s voice and/or likeness? Well, you do. For your personal protection, there is a body of copyright and intellectual property laws which say that you need to get permission first before publishing publicly any person’s personal, private, and intellectual property. In the simplest of terms it means you can’t publish pictures or sounds of someone or their likeness, which includes voice recordings, without their permission.
Why risk your podcasting site and reputation by not getting permission. Protect their rights and yours by getting a signed release and permission to use their voice in your podcasts.
A simple Model/Voice Release looks like this:
I hereby voluntarily and without compensation authorize pictures and/or voice recording(s) to be made of me. I hereby give permission to ____________ to use, reproduce, and distribute the video footage, photographs, or voice recordings, including my name. I hereby agree to release ________ from any claims, damages or liability arising out of such use or distribution. I understand that the use of my name, likeness, and voice recordings will be primarily for the purposes of ________ (examples: commercial use, education and/or promotion) by this/these organization(s). I have read and understand the foregoing and I consent to the use of my picture and/or voice as specified for the above-described purpose(s). I further understand that no royalty, fee or other compensation of any character shall become payable to me.
If Model is under 18: I, ____________________, am the parent/legal guardian of the individual named above. I have read this release and approve of its terms.
Space would be provided for printed and signed names and dates.
For more information on releases and examples of model/voice releases, see:
- Podcasting Legal Guide – CcWiki
- Internet Access to Oral Recordings: Finding the Issues
- Videomaker – Please Release Me: Permits and Releases
- Collegiate Broadcasters – Podcasting Legal Issues
- Web Video Zone – Stay out of trouble: Know when to use a Video Release Form (for video but also applies to voice)
- Legal Guide for Bloggers
- MIT Photos and Recordings Release (pdf)
- Press Here – Burning Man – Rights and Responsibilities for Media and Participants
- L&R Hartley, Publishers, Model Release Form (pdf)
- Iowa State University Authorization Use Of Photograph/Image/Voice Recording (pdf)
- University of Washington Release Form for Publishing and Reproduction (pdf)
You can also learn more about your rights, and protecting the rights of others, through the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- Freedom of Speech – Bloggers Legal Rights
- Reporters Without Borders – Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents
- Delaware Supreme Court Extend First Amendment Protection to Online Comments
- Just a Reminder About Freedom: Blogging Comes With a Price
- 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Blog
- Now Blogs Not Safe for Work
- What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content
- Finding Stolen Content and Copyright Infringements
- The Growing Trends in Content Theft
- Imprisonment for Annoying People Online
- Big Brother, Government, Corporations, and Perverts May Be Reading Your Blog
- How To Spot a Splog
- Full Disclosure on Corporate and Commercial Blogs
- US Federal Protection for Political Bloggers
- Michael Crichton – Freedom of Speech vs. Patented Speech
- The Committee to Protect Bloggers – Risking Your Life for Your Words
- Tell Your Story: Have You Had Your Content Stolen
- Modern Crusader: Plagiarism Today with Jonathan Bailey
- Stop Content Theft Buttons and Badges
- Applaud Those Who Warn You: Your Blog’s Content Is Being Stolen
- Copyrights and the Blogger: Protect What is Yours
- The Bitacle Battle of Blogs
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