Websites won~~t be allowed to publish IPL photos

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Indian Premier League has revised its terms and conditions for media accreditations which had come under debate last week, though, it has neither relaxed its ban on websites covering matches from the ground, nor its ban on news agencies supplying websites with match photos.

IPL Chairman and BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi agreed to relax rules to benefit the print media after a discussion with the Sports Journalists' Federation of India (SJFI) and sports editors of mainline dailies on Monday.

The Indian Premier League's (IPL) draconian accreditation terms for media invited strong protest from media community last week.

Editors Guild of India, a representative body of editors of newspapers, news agencies and television news channels, wrote a letter to BCCI president Sharad Pawar demanding withdrawal of the ill-thought out rules.

The new guidelines, which have been reduced to two pages, allowed website reporters to the venue a day before the match and for post match press conferences only. No online use or publication or syndication of any photograph clicked by accredited photographers is allowed except for the website of the publication.

The media gallery of a website can have up to any six pictures per match beyond whatever else is carried in the newspaper's various editions.

The rules however warned the photographers for supplying pictures to any third party, including web portals and syndicates.

The date for submitting accreditation forms would be extended beyond the present April 8 deadline.


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