FIA Allows Accredited Media to Publish on the Internet

The governing body of Formula One, the FIA, will allow accredited photographers and writers to sell their images and text to Internet websites that are covering the FIA's major Championships.

FIA Allows Accredited Media to Publish on the Internet

The governing body of Formula One, the FIA, will allow accredited photographers and writers to sell their images and text to Internet websites that are covering the FIA's major Championships.

In a press release issued by the FIA, the organisation said there will be no more restrictions as of next year with regards to the media in which a photographer may publish his work, provided the photograph is not derived from moving images and is not used to create or help to create a moving image. In particular, there will be no more restrictions against a photographer publishing still images on the Internet.

The FIA also stated that the number of accredited photographers will be substantially the same as in previous years and that the criteria for accreditation will not be changed.

In conclusion, the FIA said it intends to treat written reports and images in electronic media in the same way as those in the printed media, provided the nature of such reports and images is essentially the same as those found in printed media.

This clarification comes after the FIA had previously barred accredited journalists - writers and photographers - from providing their work to "unauthorised" F1-related websites.

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