This is a follow-up article to How to Create Podcasts that is still available at http://www.eogn.com/plusedition. This article assumes that you have already read the earlier article.
NOTE: The federal Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2510 et seq., prohibits the willful interception of telephone communication by means of any electronic, mechanical, or other device without an applicable exemption. In the absence of more restrictive state law, it is permissible to intercept and record a telephone conversation if one or both of the parties to the call consents. Consent means authorization by only one participant in the call; single-party consent is provided for by specific statutory exemption under federal law 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2511(2)(d). Local or state laws may require the consent of both parties.
Typically, this is not an issue in a podcast interview. After all, both parties expect to be recorded. However, the methods described could also apply to other purposes, such as the surreptitious recording of any telephone conversation. Don't do it! Ask permission first.
I create most of my podcasts by telephone. I like to interview genealogy experts and industry leaders. I have been able to conduct some interviews "in person," but it is more common for the interviewee and I to be located some distance apart. In my recent interview with Simon Orde, creator of Family Historian software, the two of us were 3,000 miles apart on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Yet I bet that most podcast listeners never knew about the distances involved; the audio sounded almost as if we were both in the same room.
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