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BlackBerry Podcasts Content Provider Guidelines

RIM recognizes that the contributions of content providers are fundamental to the success of the BlackBerry Podcasts™. BlackBerry Podcasts™ will strive to deliver the best content discovery experience of high quality offerings for BlackBerry users while simultaneously providing content providers with significant exposure and placement. RIM shall use the following guidelines when determining whether or not to accept podcasts or other media submitted by a content provider:

  • Content must be the property of and/or validly licensed to the vendor and must not violate intellectual property rights and the inclusion of your content in the BlackBerry Podcasts content catalog must not violate any agreements to which you are a party or of which you are otherwise aware;
  • Any information and intellectual property (excluding the content itself) that is provided to RIM or its agents as part of or along with content and or an application, including, without limitation, user documentation and marketing materials and trademarks, designs and copyright therein ("Information"), must be the property of and/or validly licensed to the content provider and must not violate intellectual property rights. Any Information shall be true, accurate, current and complete and updated as required. The inclusion of Information in BlackBerry Podcasts or elsewhere must not violate any agreements to which you are a party or of which you are otherwise aware;
  • Where carrier billing is being provided by a wireless carrier, the content provider shall not knowingly violate a wireless carrier's terms of service for allowed usage;
  • Podcast media files must be functionally stable in all material respects on the designated target devices and must not interfere with, degrade or adversely affect any software (including, without limitation, other third party applications), service, system, network or data used by any person including RIM or an Airtime Service Provider or otherwise have a detrimental effect upon RIM and/or its brand, an Airtime Service Provider or any of their respective customers or products or services;
  • Podcasts must not contain or link to any content, or perform any function, that is illegal (e.g. against any criminal, civil or statutory law or regulation), including, without limitation, any content that is libellous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, excessively violent, in breach of any privacy statutes or regulations, or infringes or misappropriates any intellectual property rights and/or other proprietary rights of any third party (including, without limitation, unlawfully circumventing any digital rights management protections), and must not contain or link to any content, or perform any function, that is abusive, belittling, harassing, deceptive, malicious or otherwise inappropriate;
  • Podcast feeds submitted for inclusion into the BlackBerry Podcasts content catalog must comply with and validate against the RSS 2.0 standard (with additional support for iTunes tags). In addition, audio and video media files referenced in the podcast feeds must be supported by BlackBerry Podcasts: MP3, AAC LC 44k or AMR file formats for audio and the Mpeg4 simple/mp4 codec or H264 baseline/mp4 codec for video.
  • Content provider must: (i) have obtained all necessary permits, licenses, registrations, authorizations, approvals and declarations (including all necessary export permits) for the distribution of the content and Information to RIM and on or through the BlackBerry Podcasts content catalog; and (ii) provide RIM with any and all information requested by RIM so that RIM may obtain any necessary permits, licenses, registrations, authorizations, approvals and declarations (including all necessary export permits) to distribute the content and or applications through the BlackBerry Podcasts content catalog;
  • The foregoing points are guidelines only, and RIM reserves the right to accept, deny or remove any content from the BlackBerry Podcasts content catalog at any time.

Please note that notwithstanding preliminary or final acceptance of content and or an application to RIM for inclusion within the BlackBerry Podcasts content catalog, such content may not be made available in all territories and/or to customers of all airtime service providers due to applicable laws in a specific territory and/or restrictions, including, without limitation, service terms, imposed by the applicable airtime service provider on availability of content on its network.

Please check back often as updated guidelines may be posted by RIM from time to time.

Questions? Visit BlackBerry Podcasts Submission Portal Help.