JSonline, AP cover as WIAA, newspapers spar over photos, video

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Associated Press reported Wednesday on escalating tensions between the WIAA and state newspapers over the production of photos and video at WIAA sanctioned events. Here is a link to the Associated Press story:

Newspapers refuse to pay WIAA $100 licensing fee

Here is the first half of the article from JSOnline.com:

Posted: Feb. 7, 2007

With state championships in high school wrestling and basketball just weeks away, the state’s newspapers and the governing body for high-school athletics are embroiled in a dispute over photographic and video rights to the high-profile events.

Newspaper representatives say their photographers and, in some cases, videographers, have the right to photograph and film the events for use in newspapers and online. In addition, newspapers argue they have the right to sell photographs or videos taken at the championship events, as they always have.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), which has sold exclusive photographic and video rights to the championship events to two companies, disagrees. Newspapers are welcome to cover the events, the association argues, but photos and videos are for editorial, not commercial use.

The two companies – Visual Image Photography Inc., and When We Were Young Productions – have been around for years. But it wasn’t until this year that the issue came to the forefront.

Read the entire article on JSOnline

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