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Combatting the specter of drones to sports activities media and knowledge rights


Tuesday, 08 June 2021
By Matthew Curran-Whitburn

There has lengthy pervaded the problem of unofficial filming and knowledge assortment in-stadia. From “courtsiding” at tennis matches to followers posting unauthorised video clips of targets from soccer matches on social media, this unofficial knowledge assortment can probably considerably dilute the worth of the media and knowledge rights for rightsholders.

Fortunately, rightsholders have grow to be more and more proficient at coping with people in-stadia who’re working in breach of the phrases and situations of entry, with devoted workers employed to determine and eject them from the premises.

But what occurs when the unauthorised assortment of knowledge or footage happens outdoors of stadia?  To attempt to unravel this, we’ll take a look at the rising use of drones to seize video footage, the authorized protections which may be obtainable to sports activities media rights holders and take a look at what could also be approaching the horizon. This article examines:

  • The rising use of drones to seize video footage
  • The authorized protections obtainable to sports activities rights holders:

    • Health and security actions
    • In-stadia vs outdoors of stadia (breach of ticketing phrases)
    • Privacy legal guidelines

  • Copyright and / or trademark infringement
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About the Author

Matthew Curran-Whitburn

Matthew Curran-Whitburn

Matthew is a industrial and regulatory lawyer and has labored at Wiggin’s digital commerce group since qualifying in 2016. 

Matthew advises purchasers within the sports activities, media and betting and gaming sectors on a variety of issues (each home and worldwide), rights exploitation and the acquisition, licensing and distribution of content material by way of tv, cell and different digital platforms.

Having spent a major period of time on secondment in-house with The Stars Group (now a part of the Flutter Group; the world’s largest betting and gaming business) and the IFPI (the commerce physique representing the worldwide recorded music trade), Matthew understands the pressures and drivers going through purchasers and offers clear and business-focused recommendation, aiming to work in collaboration with purchasers to realize the perfect resolution.

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