What’s the hold-up in creating a legal system for licensing music for podcasts?

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It’s inertia that’s preventing the music labels and other rights holders from setting up a system to legally incorporate music into podcasts, according to David Oxenford of the Broadcast Law Blog. In a Q&A on Hear 2.0, Oxenford says it’s not a simple process to set up fee schedules and make songs easily available for podcasts and other on-demand uses. “There’s no question it should be done. Right now, you have to go through each and every record company and negotiate separately for every song, and for the small guy it makes it almost impossible.”