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So, the Geeks and God podcast listeners are the best listeners EVER! Yes, that's right. We're talking about YOU!

Our listeners aren't just listening, they're contributing to the show as well...sending in MP3 comments that we can use on the show to enhance the discussion and expand the variety of info that we can give out for ministry use.

This minicast is totally based around one listeners marathon set of comments that he sent in...Ed Ross sends us info about how a Christian Geek might look different than a regular geek, a clip about copyrights and music , and some stuff about Virtualization. He also reminds us just how powerful Macs are by suggesting that their viruses may be erasing PEOPLE! Then, Ed gives us some tips on how to save money if we just want to view Microsoft Office docs or if we're looking for cool worship presentation software.

So, continue being the cooelst listeners ever and send or phone in those comments. Hit us up on email here.

A correction

Hey Guys...
Just a correction here, from Ed Ross (the listener from which this podcast stemmed). He e-mailed to let me know that Easislides is NOT open source, just free.

He thinks it uses some open source libraries, and I think that's where the confusion came in. So, if you wanna hack it, you may be outta luck....but it's still FREE!

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

a little info

Easislides is a Microsoft only software package. It uses the Microsoft .NET Framework to work.

The opensource lib they use is the DirectShow.net library.

They don't provide the source but they do let you download it for free.

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Former Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

EasiSlides & GPL

MF,

PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding of GPL is that since EasiSlides is using a GPL library, they've just opened their own library... according to SourceForge, it's a LGPL and particularly since it (Easi) relies so heavily on the library (DirectShow.NET) that I think they have a problem. What do you think?

-Brett

LGPL

The LGPL is different than the GPL. It is more like the BSD license. To quote the simple license description in the adodb license, "In plain English, you do not need to distribute your application in source code form"

So, it's perfectly legal and cool to use that lib and not release their source.

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Former Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

Using podsafe music

Good info on not using copyrighted music on a podcast. For our podcast we found an artist listed on http://www.podsafeaudio.com/. All music on this site is under the creative commons license. They have a "Religious" category which has a few but not many artist. I also contacted the artist by email as a courtesy to ask for permission for the music.
In a book I have called podcast solutions It talks about the subject regarding copyrighted music. Heres the run down on it from what I read.
On Jan 1st 2005, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) introduced its Non interactive experimental License agreement for internet sites and services for webcasters and developers using ASCAP music where the song segment is less than 60 seconds. The author of the book states that it doesnt directly apply to podcasters but its the closest license podcasters have to go by as a guide, and that BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) adn SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors) have a similar license. A podcaster would be required to pay an annual fee of $300 for ASCAP another $300 annually for BMI, and approximately $170 for SESAC and thats only covering the written element of the song.

The author goes on for a few more pages talking about the subject. To me it sounds like as podcasts are gaining more popularity the legality issues of copyrighted music on podcast will get more attention and a clearer license will come forward.

More podcast legal info

Thanks so much for your kind words.

I forgot to mention the Podcasting Legal Guide at

http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Podcasting_Legal_Guide

This is a Creative Commons hosted wiki on the legal issues of podcasting. Quite long, but might be worth a read!