Olympics Video Row Goes Red Hot Updated

BZME and Fairfax have withdrawn their request for media accreditation with the International Olympic Committee that allows them to cover the Olympics. The decision relates to a dispute between the two media companies – planning to merge soon – and Sky TV over access to video clips of events at the Games. The two companies have claimed that Sky is being overly restrictive in the rights they are making available for free under fair dealing provisions. Sky – which will be broadcasting much of the games for Free on  Prime Tv – has said it is being more generous than other countries, but the newspaper industry believes Sky is trying to overrule existing fair deal arrangement for NZ. It is understood the decision to withdraw from media accreditation occurred a midst discussion between Sky and the IOC. Sky claims that it was seeking to extend the rights that were previously available and which were controlled by the IOC not them. The row has come as NZME and Fairfax seek Commerce Commission clearance to merge later this year. Sky – which owns most rights – is also before the Commerce Commission to approve its merger with Vodafone, The implications of the dispute are unclear. Official comment is being sought.





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