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

Sage Ross ragesoss+wikipedia at gmail.com
Sat Oct 10 02:39:56 UTC 2009

On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 4:42 PM, Fajro <faigos at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 5:02 PM, geni <geniice at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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:
> The blog of the photographer:
> http://richardgiles.com/2009/10/09/the-olympics-and-creative-commons-photographs/

That clears things up a lot, and brings up a lot of new questions.
Wikipedia is actually at the center of this whole thing: Richard Giles
changed the license on this photo of Usain Bolt (first to CC-BY-ND to

at the request of a Wikipedian so that it could be added to Wikipedia

And Wikipedia is probably where the British merchant found the photo,
which he used to promote a book.  And that commercial use is what drew
the attention of the International Olympics Committee.  So now the
IOC, it seems, wants Giles to put the CC-BY-SA genie back in the

What are the legal implications here?  Does the contract (private use
only for photos) implicitly agreed to by Giles when he bought a ticket
to the Olympics invalidate the CC-BY-SA license, despite that
downstream re-users (like us) weren't a party to the original


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