Wednesday, February 24, 2010

IOC orders blogger to take down video - International Business Times -

IOC orders blogger to take down video - International Business Times -

Who is a journalist these days? The Lines have blurred.
I agreed to follow the following guidelines before traveling to Beijing to compete in the Paralympics.
By the time the Paralympics came to Beijing the USA press had pretty much split.
As a result, Blogs and Facebook were particularly meaningful for supporters back home.
I kept a blog while in China. It was blocked behind China's Firewall.
I had to post to blogger through due to the firewall.
IPC Blogging Guidelines for Persons Accredited
at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Like the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the IPC considers blogging,
in accordance with these Guidelines, as a legitimate form of personal
expression and not as a form of journalism. Therefore, the IPC does not
consider that blogs by Accredited Persons, in accordance with these
Guidelines, will compromise Chapter 4.1. of the Accreditation and Sport
Entries at the Paralympic Games User’s Guide which states that “Only those
persons accredited as media may act as journalists, reporters or in any other
media capacity”.

Additionally, accredited persons at the Games must abide by the IPC
Handbook and related guidelines.

1. Definition of a Blog

A blog is a type of website where entries are made (such as in a journal or
diary), usually displayed in a reverse chronological order.

2. Personal Information

It is required that, when Accredited Persons at the Games post any
Paralympic Content, it be confined solely to their own personal Paralympic-
related experience. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, blogs of
Accredited Persons should take the form of a diary or journal and, in any
event, should not contain any interviews with, or stories about, other
Accredited Persons.

Accredited Persons should not disclose any information that is confidential
or private in relation to any third party including, without limitation,
information which may compromise the security, staging and organization of
the Games and, where relevant, the accredited persons’ respective team or
the privacy of any other Accredited Person.

In any event, blogs of Accredited Persons containing Paralympic Content
should at all times conform to the Paralympic values and the Paralympic
Spirit as contained in the IPC Handbook, and be dignified and in good taste.

3. No Sound or Moving Images of the Games

The dissemination of moving images of the Games through any media,
including display on the Internet, is a part of the IPC’s intellectual property
rights. No sound or moving images (including sequences of still photographs
which simulate moving images) of any Paralympic events, including sporting
action, Opening, Closing and Medal Ceremonies or other activities which
occur within any zone which requires an Paralympic Identity and
Accreditation Card (PIAC) or ticket for entry - eg, competition and practice
venues, Paralympic Village, Main Press Centre - (“Accredited Zones”) may
be made available, whether on a live or delayed basis, regardless of source.

4. Still Pictures

As a general rule, blogs by Accredited Persons containing Paralympic
Content must not include any still picture taken within Accredited Zones at
the Games. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Accredited Persons may feature

still pictures taken of themselves within Accredited Zones provided that
such pictures do not contain any sporting action of the Games or the
Opening, Closing or Medal Ceremonies of the Games. It is the Accredited
Persons’ responsibility to obtain the consent of other persons appearing in
any pictures which may featured in accordance with this Section.

5. Paralympic Marks

The Paralympic Symbol, the word “Paralympic” and other Paralympic
related words, including, but not limited to “Paralympic Games”,
“Paralympics” and “Paralympic Team(s)” and designs (the “Paralympic
Marks”) may be used solely for editorial purposes in conjunction with
Paralympic Content. Under no circumstances may the Paralympic Marks be
associated with any third party or any third party’s products or services in
any way that may give the impression that such third party or such third
party’s products or services have an official relationship with the IPC, the
Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games,
any National Paralympic Committee and/or the Paralympic Movement.

6. Advertising and Sponsorship

As a general rule, Accredited Persons must not include any commercial
reference in connection with any Paralympic Content posted on their blogs.
Specifically, this means that no advertising and/or sponsorship may be visible
on screen at the same time as Paralympic Content. Notwithstanding the
foregoing, advertising and/or sponsorship on the screen at the same time as
Paralympic Content is allowed only if it is an IPC Partner or a partner of the
respective NPC or Organizing Committee. Subject to the foregoing, any
advertising and/or sponsorship must not be intrusive (i.e. no pop-ups nor
expandable banners) and, in any event, must not take up more than 15 % of
the screen at any given time. In addition, the websites of BOCOG, other
Organizing Committees and the National Paralympic Committees, as well as
the websites of the official broadcast rights holders of the Games, may
contain advertising and sponsorship as permitted by the IPC.

Accredited Persons may not post Paralympic Content on the websites of
third parties, and should take all reasonable steps to stop third parties from
doing so, if there is any association being made between such third parties
or other advertising and/or sponsorship and, on the other hand, the
Paralympic Content.

7. No Exclusivity

Accredited Persons should not enter into any exclusive agreement with any
company with respect to the posting of any Paralympic Content. In this
regards, please also see the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Eligibility Code
that states:

• “I agree that all photographs and moving images taken by me at the
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, including those of athletes competing within
any Paralympic venues, shall be used solely for personal and non-commercial
purposes, unless prior written consent is obtained from the IPC.”

• “I am agreeing to not allowing my image and/or name in relation to my
sport performance(s) during the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games to be
exploited by third parties for commercial purposes without prior approval by
the IPC”.

8. Domain Names/URLs/Page Naming

Domain Names including the word “Paralympic” or “Paralympics” or similar
are not permitted (eg, [myname] would not be permitted
while [myname].com/paralympic would be allowed but only during the period
in which these Guidelines are applicable).

9. Links

In order to facilitate access to pertinent Paralympic information, Accredited
Persons posting Paralympic content pursuant to these guidelines are
encouraged to “link” their blogs to various official Paralympic websites
including, where relevant, the website of the accredited persons’ respective
Paralympic Team or NPC. Useful addresses include: –
the official website of the International Paralympic Committee, and – the official website of
the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

10. Liability

It is brought to your attention that, when Accredited Persons choose to go
public with their opinions on a blog, they are responsible for their
commentary. Bloggers can be held personally liable for any commentary
deemed to be defamatory, obscene or proprietary. In essence, bloggers

post their blogs at their own risk and they should make it clear that the views
expressed are their own.

11. Responsibility and Further Restrictions

BOCOG, the National Paralympic Committees, the International Federations
and other entities present at the Games (eg, media and sponsors) are in
charge of ensuring that their respective delegations (i.e. those persons to
whom they grant accreditation to the Games) are informed of the content of
these Guidelines and agree to fully comply with them. The above-mentioned
entities may also impose upon their respective delegations more restrictive
blogging guidelines relating to the Games.

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