The governing council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) (read Board of Control for Cricket in India) has finally backtracked from its stringent media accreditation norms.
After a meeting with various newspaper representatives, office bearers of the Sports Journalists Federation of India and the Editors Guild of India, IPL commissioner and chaiman of its governing council Lalit Modi said that the new media guidelines would be issued "at the earliest".
"I have met with representatives of different media, discussed the contentious issues and the new media accredition guidelines will be issued soon," Modi told a media conference at the Cricket Centre, the BCCI headquarters, on Monday evening.
Modi accepted that the IPL did not clarify certain terms and conditions. "The controversy was due to misunderstanding to a certain extent and no clarity on it from our side," Modi said.
The contentious clauses included that the IPL reserved the right to use all images captured during the matches by any party; and all parties must make available the images to IPL within 24 hours of the match by uploading them on the IPL website at their own cost, else their accreditation would be immediately withdrawn.
"The copyright clause has been removed," SJI secretary G Viswanath said.
It was also clarified that the online editions of newspapers (epaper) will be able to carry the images. But the news agencies will not be allowed to sell the photographs to any of the websites.
The IPL, however, maintained its stand that no website representative will be allowed to cover the match on a match-day. "But they will be given access to all the practice sessions and post-match media conferences."