Remember the days when podcasts were a licensing headache? Oh, wait: they still are. Prog-focused music podcast DPRP Radio has produced 83 shows over the last 18 months, notching up more than 30k downloads. However, it’s going on a ‘sabbatical’ after encountering licensing issues with PPL in the UK. “We have a broadcast licence, we have a streaming licence and we have a podcast licence for the PRS – the body representing the songwriters,” explains host Andy Read in a statement. “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.” Read says DPRP Radio is hoping to find a solution before its sabbatical kicks in on 29 April. “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…”

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