As this article from Radio Ink says, Podcasters may be overlooking “huge legal risks” if they engage in their avocation for commercial purposes.
But what’s surprising about this?
Did anyone imagine that simply because you operate out of your bedroom you were somehow immune to the law against slander or prohibitions on obscenity or the law that potentially disallows you from Podcasting music unless you are licensed to use it (BMI, for example, offers Podcasting licensing right now)?
The tone of these “warning” articles is incredibly alarmist and fear-mongering. Yet all they really amount to is this: Live within the law. No surprise there.