This video describes how podcast content may violate federal laws. It's possible, though unlikely, that a podcast may violate obscenity laws if it contains X-rated or adult content. The video also discusses laws regarding collecting information from children (the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)), as well as Federal Trade Commission rules regarding advertising and endorsements by podcasters.
- [Voiceover] Government Regulations.…Occasionally, podcast content may violate…federal laws or regulations.…Here's some ways to steer clear of problems.…X-rated content.…Whether the government will prosecute your podcast…for obscenity primarily depends on the political climate.…For example, under the Obama administration,…few, in any, federal adult obscenity cases were initiated.…So, unless the political climate changes dramatically…and anti-porn officials,…either federal or state, are elected,…chances are slim you'll be prosecuted for adult obscenity.…
Note, I'm not talking about child pornography,…which involves a different set of laws…and is the subject of thousands of annual prosecutions.…Practically, you're more likely to be hassled by Apple…or some other aggregator…than by the federal or state government.…For example, Apple purged its app store…of all adult content in 2010…and currently requires podcasters to identify…whether their podcasts contain explicit language.…Further, the Apple license states…that podcasts may be rejected…
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- Choosing the right name for your podcast
- Using music and interviews in a podcast
- Understanding government regulations
- Responding to complaints
- Generating podcast income
- Registering podcast trademarks and copyrights