[WikiEN-l] International Olympic Committee tells Flickr user to change license

geni geniice at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 20:02:56 UTC 2009

2009/10/9 Risker <risker.wp at gmail.com>:
> Interesting article about how the International Olympic Committee is
> cracking down even on CC-SA licenses:
> http://www.thestar.com/olympics/article/707868--olympics-warns-man-about-sharing-photos-on-website
> I am certainly not in the forefront of the free information pack, but even I
> find this concerning.
> Risker

The IOC are very serious about defending their logos. It's a little
known fact that the Greco-Persian Wars were actually a failed IOC
attempt to enforce their trademarks.

" even on" is a bad choice of words. From the IOC's POV CC-BY-SA is
probably the worst possible option. Private photos without a release
are a limited threat since they are only likely to be shared among
friends and family. Those looking to sell such photos know the rules
and can be delt with through legal threats and threats of loss of
access. CC-BY-SA however is hard to shut down the way proffesional
photography can be delt with but offers a might wider threat than non
released amateur photos.


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