A Licence to Kill Podcasts?

The DPRP Radio Show will be taking a sabbatical at the end of April.

DPRP Radio

Launched 18 months ago, we’ve produced 83 shows that have been downloaded over 30,000 times. We’ve covered bands from every type of prog. We’ve done special features on independent labels and festivals plus interviews with the likes of Clive Nolan, Steven Wilson, Gazpacho, Steve Hogarth, Riverside, Sean Filkins, Mystery and Godsticks. We have regular listeners from as far away as New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, Cuba and The Shetland Isles!

Unfortunately three weeks ago our service provider stopped enabling downloads of the shows. The move followed pressure from the PPL – the organisation in the UK which provides broadcast licences for the recording copyright holder (i.e. record companies).

Andy Read, the host of DPRP Radio explained: “Music licensing is a complex issue and it took quite some find to find a way to legally do DPRP Radio in the first place. We have a broadcast licence, we have a streaming licence and we have a podcast licence for the PRS – the body representing the songwriters. We do not have a podcast licence for the PPL who are now threatening legal action against podcast providers. We would happily buy a podcast licence from them… but they do not offer one! They are in effect blocking any podcasts with music.

Over 70% of our weekly listeners download the podcasts from dprp.net or via itunes. It takes a day to produce each radio show and costs around £500 a year. Without being able to offer a podcast of the show, it’s not currently viable. Other music websites have had similar problems with podcasts.”

Andy said: “I’d like to thank all the bands and artists who’ve got involved, to StroudFm for hosting us and all of the DPRP readers who tuned in, many becoming regular listeners and good friends. The greatest compliment has been the many people who’ve got in touch to say thanks for introducing them to a new band – and from bands to say thanks for selling a few extra CDs!”

“There is clearly a demand for this sort of show. In the current economic climate I’d have thought record labels would be doing everything possible to market their products. Many labels do get theb value of podcasts, but the inability of some to cope with modern broadcasting is ill-considered and myopic in the extreme.”

“I hope we can find a solution and return to the airways as soon as possible.”

There will be four more live DPRP Radio Shows and we will take a break from April 29th. Until then you can tune in live online every Monday and Friday at 22:00 UKTime or Listen Again via the stream of the show at http://www.dprp.net/wp/radio/

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