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Onerous Photo Policy at USA Climbing
Glenn Nelson, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 6:25 PM on 02.01.18
->> I have to admit, I've been out of the sports realm for about five years, so if this is the new way of the world, I'm horrified ...

At its national championships, USA Climbing (climbing will be part of the Tokyo Games) is requiring all photographers to allow their memory cards to be copied, so the governing body can have them for its own use. Moreover, you are to perform the dump with their exclusive media partners, Louder Than Eleven, which it says is "managing" their media storage.

Is this something new?
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 6:48 PM on 02.01.18
->> Glenn...

I've read the policy and the media credential request form twice, and have done word searches on them. I find no mention of any memory card copying or dumping them to Louder Than Eleven.

The credential application language is standard, as are the protections in the media policy to keep people from commercial use of images. For example, editorial use of stills are allowed but video is restricted to the rights holders. As to Louder Than Eleven, their About description of themselves on their website state they are a video production company.

Is there another site that talks about the memory card dumping to LTE, etc.?
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Glenn Nelson, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 7:19 PM on 02.01.18
->> Doug, I'm sorry but I'm a little paranoid. I used to be with large media orgs but now am on my own and a non-profit journalist.

The first sentence of the media policy lays out its claim to all "photographs" and "intellectual property" at its events. The requirement to dump your cards with LT11 is laid out when one's credentials are granted.

USA Climbing then surprisingly aggressively pushes LT11 for licensing services if you/your media organization asks about images. It's pretty common practice for video production to include stills.
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