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BCCI Stands Firm On Media Accreditation; IOC & ICC

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is standing firm on its decision to not provide media accreditation to photo agencies for coverage of the ongoing India versus England series, claiming it has provided accreditation to "bona fide" domestic and international news publications and news agencies, including AFP, AP and Reuters. The BCCI claims that they were given "the opportunity by the BCCI to supply an unlimited number of match images for editorial use by their respective publications and agency clients worldwide." So what happened with some of those photo agencies that didn't get accreditation? According to a BCCI statement, "Certain other international and domestic applicants did not meet the BCCI's accreditation standards on the basis that, in the BCCI's good faith opinion after due evaluation, their primary businesses involved the commercial sale and licensing of images rather than the supply of images to news publications for bona fide editorial purposes. These applications were duly rejected and the BCCI's decision was communicated to the applicants." This is important particularly for the web, because many Cricket based web publications relay on photo agencies for images from matches, because they can't afford to send photographers just for their usage. As such, the photo agencies become aggregators of images, and they license these images to web publications for editorial usage. The BCCI isn't backing down. The press note says: "The BCCI stands by its decision, which is based on the legitimate interest of prioritising and limiting stadium access to those persons…

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