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Podsafe Music, and the Internet Economy

The podcast has new theme music – I explain why, and how.

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On or two of you may have noticed that I’ve started using new intro and background music for my podcasts. My previous theme was a snippet of “Mammagamma 4” from last years Alan Parsons album “A Valid Path”…

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There’s a lot of confusion on-line about what is, and what is not, considered “pod safe” – meaning what’s ok to play in a podcast. While my snippet supposedly falls under “fair use”, there’s enough confusion around what record companies, the RIAA and national and international licensing organizations are doing that I began to feel more and more uncomfortable using it for my little, commercial, podcast.

And what I’d originally wanted was the theme from “Naked Gun” anyway…

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But I could never find a good recording, and my midi file sounds like… well, it sounds like a midi file.

Even perusing the “pod safe” alternatives, it was difficult to find something that I liked, and that had a clear statement of licensing commercial use, or reasonable terms.

Several weeks ago I stumbled across a service: As it’s name implies, podcast themes create original theme music for podcasts. If you visit the site, you’ll find themes for several popular podcasts.

Including Ask Leo.

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There are free themes, of course, but for a reasonable fee you can have one created that’s yours to use as you see fit, without concern for record company or other lawyers.

In my opinion, it’s a great example of how the internet in enabling new, creative and profitable ventures for all concerned. I get a theme to call my own, and gets a reasonable fee.

Next up? I’m off to to get a new logo for my site. The internet economy, at work.

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