Information Rights: NCAA vs. Blogger

This post is about blogging/microblogging, DRM and UGC for the tagging crowd. At face value, it’s a story about press credentials revoked over what and when someone can discuss an event, but it’s more than that. This could be the middle-of-the-end of lucrative walled garden content agreements.

USA Today reported that the NCAA ejected journalist Brian Bennett from The Louisville Courier-Journal for blogging during a baseball game. Bennet was updating a blog during the game and the NCAA considered it a “live representation of the game.” According to the publisher’s lawyers: “Once a player hits a home run, that’s a fact. It’s on TV. Everybody sees it. (The NCAA) can’t copyright that fact. The blog wasn’t a simulcast or a recreation of the game. It was an analysis.”

With the predominance of internet enabled camera phones, flickr and youtube, microblogs and citzen journalism, we’re in a time where all the gates around walled gardens are being systematically torn down through devices, webservices and improving pipeline speeds. You don’t need a press box or credentials to share what you witness.

 I’m sure the NCAA was well within its rights to revoke the press privileges for any infraction that compromises the strength of their agreements with media outlets and their sponsors. It may be the only recourse they have left. Sporting entertainment can look to music entertaiment for guidance on their future. Soon enough those press boxes dedicated to traditional media will be empty for other reasons.

Thanks to AdPulp for “The Dangers of Typing Too Fast” post.


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