Newspaper Gets Around Photography Ban At Football Event With Cartoon Illustrations

from the don't-mess-with-reporters dept

We’ve covered a few different recent stories of various sports leagues or professional sports teams trying to limit how journalists and photographers can report on their games, and have even covered cheeky attempts to get around such restrictions by having reporters cover events from home while watching on TV. Now, a whole bunch of you have been sending in variations on a story in the UK, where the Southampton football team apparently has decided to ban photojournalists from taking images of matches, instead telling newspapers they need to buy photos from the team’s “official” photographer.

Thankfully, some of the newspapers covering the latest match felt that was ridiculous, and chose to respond in some rather creative ways. The Plymouth Herald, who was covering the visiting team, decided to employ someone to draw cartoons of key moments in the match, rather than using the official photographs:

Perhaps even more amusing? Some reports point out that The Sun covered the game by carefully making sure to never mention Southampton or any of its players. Well played.

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Crosbie Fitch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Are Cartoons Copyleft?

Frankly, I don’t see how any law (except through abuse) can enable anyone to prevent spectators using the photographs they’ve taken as they see fit – let alone actually prevent them taking them in the first place.

A grounds may eject anyone (if not unfairly discriminatory), but that doesn’t grant them power over what anyone may do whilst present (least of all power to seize their cameras or delete photos).

No doubt the newspapers will scour Flickr and use those photos (having contrived that non-‘journalist’ spectators do the necessary).

I guess there’s some recent amendment to copyright that stipulates that the owner of a venue of a sporting event is granted an exclusive right to publish/broadcast coverage of that event – no doubt including the power to seize spectators’ recording equipment and any unauthorised footage.

When such unethical ‘rights’ are granted like candy one cannot be surprised at how increasingly corrupt things have become.

Another AC says:

Re: Uh.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but that is football. It is not American football, which incidentally only uses feet for specific pieces of the game. Field goals/extra points, punts and kick offs. Football(which has been around a lot longer than American football) uses feet as the primary mode of moving the ball to the intended target. Goal keepers and players completing a throw in are the only legal manner in which hands are used. Of course, you get headers and chest traps, but I digress. Unfortunately due to the popularity of American football, we in the USA call it soccer. Sadly, we are a minority in this.

Brent Ashley (profile) says:

Market forces

I don’t see why the press doesn’t just stop reporting on these teams altogether, and see what the fans and team decide to do about it. The press would have to express to their audience that the teams precipitated this action and entreat upon them to complain to the team if they wanted to see them back in the press, but that they would respect the team’s wishes to not be reported on in any meaningful way. After the shitstorm died down, I think some sense would reign.

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