Olympic Games Organiser Demands Ban on Web Video UploadsMay 1, 2012
An interesting decision by the Olympic Games organiser London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has been reached: a blanket ban on all photo and video recordings posted in the public domain.
This is stated in the terms and conditions printed on tickets, which in short means that attendees of any of the events cannot publish web video, images or sound on social networks, such as Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. If you want the long story:
“Images, video and sound recordings taken by a Ticket Holder cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic purposes and a Ticket Holder may not license, broadcast or publish video and/or sound recordings, including on social networking websites and the internet more generally, and may not exploit images, video and/or sound recordings for commercial purposes under any circumstances, whether on the internet or otherwise, or make them available to third parties for commercial purposes.”
So, technically speaking, upon entry to an Olympic event spectators will not record or photograph any part of the proceedings. Yet ironically, LOCOG’s very own deputy chairman has his doubts. Sir Keith Mills has stated that there “isn’t much we can do about it.”
He continued: “Media rights are sold – can we police everything these days? Absolutely not, the internet has changed the world and we’re not going to be silly.
“But the reality is that we live in an internet world where Facebook downloads and uploads are happening every day of the week and there’s not much we can do about it.”
Either way, there has been no word on ‘punishments’ for offenders, and whilst I’m not advocating the electric chair it may be possible that uploaders may have their social media accounts suspended for a while, although that is unconfirmed.
My opinion? With the opening ceremony set to be choreographed by Danny ‘Sunshine’ Boyle, you can expect hours of footage of what promises to be a spectacular spectacle to be uploaded to YouTube almost simultaneously. Don’t say I told you though….
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