Googling for phrases like “podcasting ethics” or “ethics of podcasting” turned up 0 results (with quotes). Until now. This will be the blog entry that will generate the first search result there, until when/if it becomes an issue that people are blogging or are writing (typing) about.
I went right to the source and sent emails to Adam Curry and Dave Winer over the weekend, and they have not replied. Yet? Maybe they talked about it on one of their podcasts, but I’m usually about a week or two behind.
What I want to create is an RSS feed with my favorite podcasts, and in essence deep link to other servers and their hosting of the audio file. That would increase their bandwidth a little bit, for those who like my editiorial preferences. Before I went ahead and did that, I thought it’d be helpful to check into the protocols or ethics of deep-linking podcast files, since I have a soft conscience and wouldn’t just go and test the boundaries without asking first. I don’t need a cease and desist.
[update: deep linking to other mp3s is what Adam Curry has dubbed SoundSeeingTours, and his RSS feed of sound seeing tour is at soundseeingtours.com, so until I hear otherwise, I’ll deep link to mp3’s of interest here on my blog]