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Did I Just Put My Podcast Into the Public Domain?

Perhaps. Copyright law requires that to be protected by copyright, any “work” must be “fixed in a tangible medium.” This could be writing something down on paper, recording it on a wax cylinder or copying it to your hard drive. Most podcasts receive copyright protection immediately, once they are saved to a disk or a hard drive. The only time there might be a problem is if there is a live streaming podcast that the author does not somehow record. Even if one of the listeners records it, if they do not record it (save it to disk) at the prior behest of the author, the podcast would not qualify for copyright protection.

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