[Wikimedia-l] photography restrictions at the Olympics

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Thu Jul 26 22:23:55 UTC 2012

On 07/26/12 2:23 AM, wiki-list at phizz.demon.co.uk wrote:
> kikkocristian at gmail.com wrote:
>>>>> Sources for the restrictions:
>>>>> * http://www.tickets.london2012.com/purchaseterms.html
>>>>> * PDF: http://j.mp/london2012prohibited
>> I really can't figure out the difference between your example about
>> personality rights  and my previous, so I don't see why you're saying
>> that the above approch could not work, but IANAL.
>> As I said above I think this restrinction on commercial use of the
>> images imposed by IOC is not about copyright but is on a different
>> level and AFAICT is very similar to the case of personality rights to
>> some extent. So may you clarify?
> There is a contractual arrangement between the IOC and the photographer as specified in terms and conditions on the ticket. If some one makes photos available commercially then they may be sued by the IOC under the terms of that contract. The issue isn't about copyright but about the contractual agreement and personal liability between the photographer and the IOC.
Copyrights wouldn't apply because you own the copyrights in the pictures 
you take.

Athletes in the performance of their sport are public figures so the 
personality rights are more limited. This may be more of a concern in 
selecting which pictures to publish, and avoiding anything indiscrete.

The enforceability of those lengthy so-called contractual terms may be 
unrealistic. I do understand that there may be some justification in 
section 19.2.3 for a ban on refrigerators.


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