[Wikimedia-l] photography restrictions at the Olympics

Richard Symonds richard.symonds at wikimedia.org.uk
Tue Jul 24 10:15:06 UTC 2012

WMUK have asked, and we live in London; some of us next door to the
stadium. The answer is a resounding 'no' from all corners, even when we
speak to the government. We've got a volunteer with very good access to the
games, but even behind the scenes it's difficult to get photographs.

The IOC are not here to give things away for free, it seems: something
which is painfully apparent to those who've seen the ticket prices!

Richard Symonds, Wikimedia UK
On Jul 24, 2012 10:59 AM, "Amir E. Aharoni" <amir.aharoni at mail.huji.ac.il>

> 2012/7/24 Andrew Gray <andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk>:
> > On 24 July 2012 10:21, Frederic Schutz <schutz at mathgen.ch> wrote:
> >> Has anyone from the Wikimedia community contacted the IOC on this
> matter?
> >>
> >> If not, WM CH could give it a try (their headquarters are in
> Switzerland,
> >> actually less than 2km away from my place). I'm not overly optimistic,
> but
> >> it may be worth a try.
> >
> > Wikimedia Australia have two accredited reporters for the Paralympics,
> > but this explicitly does not provide for freely licensed photography:
> >
> > http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews:Paralympic_Games
> Aha! Now this starts to be a problem that justifies a campaign for
> allowing Wikmedia-compatible licensing. At the very least, a post
> about this issue in the Foundation blog or in one of the chapters'
> blogs.
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