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|| News Item: Posted 1999-06-10

... And Now A Word From Canon
By Chuck Westfall, Canon USA

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To the best of my knowledge, there is no "company policy" within Canon for this area. My only comment would be that the times when a Canon logo has appeared on an official credential bib have been those events for which we have paid a substantial fee to be the "Official Camera" of the event. This doesn't happen too often anymore (at least within the USA), since the rates for such a "privilege" have skyrocketed over the past decade.

Our main concern at most high profile sporting events is to provide on-site support to accredited photographers. I feel we've done this very successfully over the years, especially at the Olympics, the Super Bowls, the Indy 500s, etc. that I've been involved with. Typically, the "true" pros are very grateful for our presence, and are more concerned about getting the support they need to cover their assignments than anything else does. Of course, we're always happy to see everyone at the various brunches, lunches and dinners we've sponsored as well.

Please keep in mind that I can only speak for Canon U.S.A., Inc. in this matter. Different parts of the Canon organization such as Canon Inc. or Canon Europa, for instance, may have their own opinions.

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