There has been a lot of talk in recent months, among podcasters, about the terms of the PodShow contract being offered. Mostly the talk has been rumor and innuendo. No more. You can now hear all the details. For those that are curious, Keith and The Girl did a show where they read all 12 pages of the contract. The next day Adam Curry ran a “bit” on the Daily Source Code referencing the Keith and The Girl segment. Of note: Adam made no mention that there were any inaccuracies, so we can assume it is the actual current contract. I’ll leave listeners to draw their own conclusions, but you can’t help but come away realizing that it is full of generalities. PodShow might be the perfect opportunity for a given podcaster, but contracts by nature should be explicit, not implicit.
In the vain of full disclosure, I was offered a “Founding Member” contract with BoKu Communications/PodShow in March of last year. This was the offer that was made to the original podcasters in the network, Dawn and Drew, Michael Butler etc. I have always respected the wish for confidentiality regarding this agreement, but I will note, as might be expected, it was considerably different than the current contract. I decided against it for my own reasons. (If you are curious, we discussed it on Rock and Roll Geek Show around minute 18:25.)
People seem to either be for or against PodShow. I have never understood this stance. This is akin to being for or against IBM or your local dry cleaner. It is just a business. PodShow is trying to make a go of it in the podcast arena. So far, they have the most momentum, which is important in an emerging medium. I have met Adam and Ron a number of times, and must say I happen to like them both. They are smart guys and will probably make a success of the venture. That being said, I would hope that if you sign a deal, things are explicitly spelled out. Nothing against PodShow, that is just business.