[ubuntu-uk] Radio Software

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Thu Aug 21 18:28:57 BST 2008

Robert McWilliam wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 12:50:22PM +0100, Chris Weaver wrote:
>> Our legal logger - this is simply a application that records an mp3
>> file from a live input creating a new file every 24 hours. Currently
>> we use http://www.cooolsoft.com/mp3rec.htm but searching the
>> linux-audio pages I'm unable to find a similar application.

> The "legal" part of "legal recorder" has me a bit worried though: is
> this system something needed by law? If so, exactly what is required?
> What kind of reliability do you need? With a custom FOSS solution you
> don't have a vendor to shift the blame on to if it all breaks horribly
>       Robert

If it's anything like radio stations that broadcast on air (DAB, FM, AM) 
then it'll be a legal requirement from Ofcom to record output and keep 
copies for 42 days.  They tend to get a bit funny if you can't give them 
the audio they ask for and they can ask for any audio from any time in 
the day or night.  Sometimes it can get so bad that the station gets fined.

When I worked at GCap we had our own in house logging software which 
kept copies on the local station site on the dedicated logging machine 
and also send copies back to the data centre for storage/retrieval with 
a disaster recovery option being a standard 4 hr VHS tape on long play.


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