[Wikimedia-l] photography restrictions at the Olympics

Platonides Platonides at gmail.com
Sat Jul 28 17:42:17 UTC 2012

On 24/07/12 12:15, Richard Symonds wrote:
> 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

Did you try to get a compromise offering a delayed publication?
ie. You take photographs but do not make them available under a free
license until after X time (you coould use a more restrictive license
such as CC-BY-NC-SA or not to publish it at all during the "embargo").

As I see it, they want that the media reporting the event is all
acreditated, not republishing third-party images (perhaps to get some
quality level, maybe to make it a selling point for accreditations)

However, all those agencies, TVs and newspapers have no use of those
images after the event.  Much less to scrape others coverage. One month
after the event, it will get buried in the archive.
But our article will be left without a free image for 70 years (plus
author lifetime). It would be suboptimal not being able to publish them
right away, but it is very sad not having a photograph of <sport> gold
medal just because IOC sold draconian tickets.

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