In addition to technical solutions for directly managing rights associated with digital assets, I also write occasionally about clearinghouses, rights exchanges, royalty collecting societies, and the like.
I spoke recently with Jake Shapiro, Executive Director of the Public Radio Exchange, a nonprofit service for distribution, peer review, and licensing of radio pieces. Jake is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and is a member Two Ton Shoe, a band with a large following in the US and South Korea.
We spoke about a broad range of topics relating to public radio and audio programming, independent producers, PRX as market place, their successful efforts to reach young content producers through their "Generation PRX" site and service, and the all important editorial / selection functions performed by publishers, distributors, and exchanges.
The podcast can be accessed here.
A time index to our conversation follows:
Index and topics:
00:26 Overview of PRX, Jake's background
03:04 The providers and consumers of PRX content; PRX as broker, distributor
05:55 How do rights and money flow?
07:59 How does money change hands?
11:31 The youth market and Generation PRX (GenPRX)
14:20 The editorial function, selection, and quality of pieces available on the site
16:03 Thank yous and goodbys