UK Podcasters Association
The UK Podcasters Association was founded in 2006 to protect podcasters' rights, and promote podcasting. The association was dissolved at the end of 2009 after three years of prominent and successful activity, during a time when the media landscape changed completely.
Originally set up in response to licensing and legislative concerns, the UKPA was actively involved in protecting podcasters' rights from the outset. Lobbying the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva, working with the Open Rights Group and the EFF in 2006 we succeeded in preventing the Broadcast Treaty from including podcasting - an outcome which would have had devastating effects on podcasting worldwide.
UKPA members also made the first concerted attempt in the UK to raise awareness in UK government about podcasting, promoting it's value as both a social freedom and an important and fast-developing part of the digital economy.
Whilst believing it was vital to have a voice in any future legislation which affected podcasting, UKPA became an organisation which did much more than lobby, having become a dynamic group which included businesses, freelancers, as well as podcast enthusiasts and private individuals.
The UKPA at its height represented more than half of the 800 independent podcasters and podcast businesses in the UK, as well as major publishing corporations and broadcast media companies. UKPA relied on member subscription and voluntary donations for our funding, and members' involvement for our success. In September 2006, members set the subscription at £3 per month for private podcasters, and £120 per year for professional organisations, institutions, and commercial companies. Full members vote on any major changes to the organisation, help to develop community strategies and share research and other data.
UKPA members enjoyed preferential rates if they used the AIM podcast licence. UKPA developed Creative Commons podcast licences specific to UK Law. UKPA supported the international Open Metrics initiative.
Founders and Trustees of UKPA were:
UKPA was a member of the Association of Online Publishing.
UK Podcasters Association Ltd was a non-profit organisation.
It was formed as a Private Company Limited by Guarantee, Reg. No 5781367 on 13th April 2006 at Companies House, Cardiff, Wales.
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