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AFAIK 'RadioDownloader' received a cease and desist notification from the BBC. This was for the direct downloading of Beeb progs. using RTDump as the kernal.

However RadioDownloader can still download RSS and Podcasts from wherever incl. the Beeb. - these are intended for the public domain anyway and are free.

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The BBC's grand archiving project was abandoned in 2008 wasting £98 million of licence payers' fees.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22651126

The BBC has scrapped a £98m digital production system, which its director general said had "wasted a huge amount of licence fee payers' money".
The Digital Media Initiative was set up in 2008 but was halted last autumn having never become fully operational.

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This is why I personally have no qualms about using downloading technologies for accessing Beeb programmes; having paid for the programmes in my licence fee and yet having had that money wasted on this aborted project.

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CJB