(this is an English version of NRK må dessverre stoppe «Vår daglige Beatles» – for our international readers)
Yesterday we wrote that NRK is podcasting all 212 episodes of the radio series «Our daily Beatles» – with the original music – for free. Some thought this was too good to be true. And it was…
Our new agreement with rights holder TONO gives us rights to publish radio and TV shows we aired a long time ago. But the agreemnt NRK has with rights holders IFPI and FONO only allows us to publish shows that has been aired the last four weeks. And since «Our daily Beatles» was aired in 2007, we have to pull it from the podcast (see below for details about the agreements).
This is not how we would like things to be!
The Beatles – bilde fra The library of Congress
The Beatles podcast got massive international coverage:
Effectively, every track in the Beatles official catalogue will be released this month by NRK. But each song, from P.S. I Love You to I Am the Walrus, is preceded by three minutes of decidedly un-Liverpudlian commentary.
News.com: Beatles songs now available for free.
Whether this Norway deal represents a thaw in the Beatles’ stance toward digital downloads remains to be seen.
Ars Technica: Norwegian podcast puts entire Beatles catalog online—legally
Boingboing: Free, legal downloads of every Beatles song
Digg: Over 200 people have digged it so far. Best comments (in our opinion):
Thanks to TONO (same as RIAA in the states) for finally taking the first step into the 21. century.
I wish I spoke Norwegian, seems like the comments before each song would be interesting.
NRK has agreements with three major rights holder: TONO, FONO og IFPI.
TONO has the rights for Norwegian composers and writers – the people who write the lyrics and the music.
FONO represents the rights for Norwegian record companies.
IFPI represents the rights for international record companies.
NRK recently got a new agreement with TONO where we pay a considerable amount of money to be able to use music from TONO’s members on tv, radio and new media. This agreements gives us the right to podcast shows with music, as long as it isn’t more than 70% or 42 minutes per hour.
Broadcasting director Annika Biørnstad in NRK og CEO Cato Strøm in TONO signed a new rights agreement in November 2007 (photo: Glenn Slydal Johansen).
Both NRK and TONO er very happy with the new agreement. It gives NRK the possibility to create new services online with our huge archive. Composers and musicians earn a lot when we play their music on NRKs 3 tv-channels, 13 radiochannels and online.
The NRK-TONO agreement is unique, and we in NRK salutes TONO for their vision. People’s media habits have changed dramatically the latest years, with MP3-players, music without DRM, bittorrent, MySpace Music, Last.FM/Pandora and streaming of full albums online (like Britney Spears did with «Circus»).
So why stop the Beatles podcast
The Beatles comes under our agreement with IFPI, which says that we only can put up shows for download that were aired the latest four weeks, and where the music is less than 70% of the show’s length.
«Our daily Beatles» were aired in 2007 (not 2001 as we wrote yesterday), so we have to pull the podcast. If it was aired today, we could have podcasted the next four weeks within the agreement.
So why not send the show again on one of your channels?
This is a question people have asked several times already. We could have done it, but choose not to.
Negotiatons with IFPI
NRK are negotiationg with IFPI these days. Our former agreement actually ran out the 31. December 2008. We do hope to get an agreement that is just as good as the TONO agreement mentioned above. Both consumers, NRK, artists and record companies will win if we can make our archives available for the public. NRK has several hundred thousand video clips in our archive, and if we only can put up the latest four weeks for podcasting/download, the new services will only have 1% of our content. Which is – lame.
We need agreements – like the one we have got with TONO – where we can put our archives online with few limitations – for your listening and viewing pleasure!
What is NRK and NRKbeta?
NRK is the major tv and radio station in Norway. The BBC of Norway if you like. We are funded by lisence fee like the BBC. For more information – see our English about page. NRKbeta.no is NRKs Norwegian technology website with some occasional English articles. E-mail nrkbeta at gmail dot com if you want to talk – and these guys work at NRKbeta.