After Locog, an Olympics organization committee, released the 2012 London Summer Olympics regulations in ambiguous wording and inadvertently caused photographers frustration and disarray, a spokesman for the committee released a statement in an effort to rectify the misinterpretation.
In reading the rules of entry conditions below, it is understandable as to why some photographers would question the regulations:
Images, video and sound recordings of the Games 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.
Upon reading the rules of entry earlier this week, photographer Peter Ruck contacted Amateur Photographer and stated that Locog was planning to ban the posting of images on various social networking websites. Clearly bothered by their unlawful pursuits, Ruck shot the actions down as unenforceable and nonsensical, especially since there will more than a million individuals taking photographs and recordings via camera and mobile devices.
Amateur Photographer reached out to Locog, who responded today to the claims that individuals, including photographers, will be banned from posting their images on social networking websites. A spokesman for the committee admitted that the rules of entry were confusing and stated:
I take your point. I gather that we will clarify this when the tickets are sent out. We are not looking to stop private individuals from posting photographs on social networks. What we are trying to do is prevent photos being used for commercial purposes.
With all of the controversy that the 2012 Summer Olympics has triggered thus far concerning photography, Locog’s swift reaction to the claims should make photographers and citizens planning to attend the Olympics feel a little more comfortable in capturing photos at the renowned event.