IRB and media – who gets to pick the pics?

6 09 2007

France 07

So at the time of writing, the Rugby World Cup has 1 day, 14 hours and 30 minutes before the first kickoff of the opening game between France & Argentina.

And believe it or not, there’s still a heap of contention between the International Rugby Board and the media covering the event. It all comes down to photographs.
Yup, pics.
The media coalition initially wanted the rights to publish ONE PHOTO PER SECOND of each game (are you nuts?). Whilst the IRB didn’t reject the proposal, it was treated with due disdain in a subsequent letter from the IRB to media outlets – stating that they’d be allowed to publish 40-50 photos per match. Fine.

But this is where it gets a lil’ weird… Press signing in to receive accreditation at the event in France were asked to sign terms & conditions that limited the photos to 10-12 a match. Read the rest of this entry »