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Do I Need Any Sort of Consent for my Podcast Interview Booking Pages?

We highly recommend that you make this very plain and formally ask your guests if they are willing to be recorded and for the recorded audios and videos to be published out there in the world.

This is a great question, and there are many options to this and no absolute hard and fast rule.

Many podcasters don’t ask their guests to formally consent to be recorded and published on their podcast. They assume that because a guest agreed to be a guest on their show and willingly participated in a recorded discussion or interview, they agreed to it and didn’t need any formal agreement.

However, we highly recommend that you make this very plain and formally ask your guests if they are willing to be recorded and for the recorded audios and videos to be published out there in the world.

Some Simple Ways to Do This

Example

One way is if you’re using a booking calendar link to schedule a guest to meet with you on Zoom or any other service to be recorded, we recommend that you have them fill out a form with their name and contact information, bio, headshot, and things that you may want to use to promote the episode or in other collateral material created for the episode or that you may want to provide to your producer. When you collect that information, you can also have a statement with a checkbox to acknowledge that they will be recorded and that the material will be published as a podcast and a video.

We want to be very clear here though that neither Podetize nor Podcasters United is providing legal advice for you. This is a suggestion and a recommendation. There are many ways that you could say this and have a release. If you want to have a more formal release, certainly there are ones that you can provide that’s an actual PDF document that they can sign and return to you. We find it’s a little easier to get that consent when they’re booking their appointment because they’re excited about being a guest. They’re in their happy place, and things are going well. It’s at the beginning of a relationship, and it’s much easier to get them to check that box.

Another thing you can use as an additional measure of at least notification to a guest that they’re going to be recorded is if you use a tool like Zoom to record. You can configure it so that when somebody enters your Zoom room, they are warned that the call is being recorded, so they can never claim at a later date that they had no idea you were recording.

This is the best policy. With hundreds to thousands of interviews every month that we produce a Podetize, we have never had anybody complain that, as a guest, they were not properly informed. As long as you do it right, it should work for you.

Be upfront and transparent about the fact that you’re recording.  Figure out what kind of statement or method you want to use to request that consent or to advise people they’re going to be recorded. Get their formal consent in whatever way you’d like, and you’ll have much fewer headaches down the road.


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