PodcastOne Demands That Its Podcasts Be Removed From Stitcher
November 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM (PT)
PODCASTONE has issued a demand to STITCHER that all of its podcasts, whether those PODCASTONE produces or those it exclusively represents for ad sales, be removed from the customizable streaming app. "Following reasonable efforts to settle the issue amicably," a release from PODCASTONE reads, "STITCHER continues to sell and distribute programming without the proper rights, consent and compensation PODCASTONE and its talent are due."
PODCASTONE Chairman/CEO NORM PATTIZ alleged, "In some cases, STITCHER has absolutely no rights to carry our programs, and in others, no rights to sell or monetize our exclusively represented content in any way. This has been an ongoing problem, and enough is enough. You can't just steal content without permission. Podcasting is breaking through big time, not only with consumers but with advertisers as well. I see new players coming into the market, all touting technology that will allow them to grab podcasts for their subscribers. Let this be a message - make sure you have secured the rights from content suppliers before you distribute programing you don't have the rights to.”
In the release, PODCASTONE says that it "has repeatedly tried to work with STITCHER, and requested the removal of programming without verbal or written consent to distribute, in addition to the discontinuance of video ads as post, pre-roll and pop-ups attributed to these podcasts. STITCHER continues to make PODCASTONE programming available on the home screen of their app to listeners who are already 'following' the programs."