This form should be submitted ONLY by the following :
* Indian Print Mediapersons who will be covering the entire Test and ODI series (Two Tests and three ODIs).
* All Mediapersons from the West Indies and overseas – Print & Electronic (subject to the endorsement of the WICB and other Cricket Boards).
Indian mediapersons who are planning to cover select matches in the series SHOULD NOT submit this form. They should submit hard copies of the VENUE-SPECIFIC MEDIA ACCREDITATION form (has been mailed separately), to the Media Manager of the respective staging association (CAB / MUMBAI CA / KERALA CA / ANDHRA CA / BARODA CA or UPCA).
BCCI MEDIA ACCREDITATION GUIDELINES ‐ 2013‐14
ACCREDITATION TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR MEDIA
- These Accreditation Terms & Conditions for Media (“Terms”) apply to all accredited
persons and their employers / principals with respect to any match (“Match”)
hosted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (“BCCI”) as part of a
home series (“Series”) during the 2013‐14 season (“Season”).
- BCCI reserves the right to reject, at its sole and absolute discretion, applications
for media accreditation, without assigning any reason whatsoever.
- BCCI reserves the right to request submission of additional evidence of recently
published work in further support of any application for accreditation. Similarly,
once accreditation has been issued, accredited media personnel may be asked to substantiate
their cricket coverage by providing evidence of their published work in order to
Accreditation Terms for Media Groups
- Only one reporter/sports reporter per publication, and as recommended by the editor/sports
editor of such publication, will be given accreditation at a Match venue, unless
otherwise agreed. National dailies may receive up to two accreditations if there
is sufficient space.
- Only one reporter per recognised news agency will be given accreditation at a Match
venue, unless otherwise agreed. Only one photographer per recognised news agency
will be given accreditation at a Match venue, unless otherwise agreed.
- An open and flexible accreditation process will be followed in case of the above
clauses, subject to availability of space and at the discretion of the BCCI.
- Only one pair (reporter + cameraperson) representing a recognised electronic media
group will be given accreditation, unless otherwise agreed. Access to a Match venue
with a moving picture camera on a Match–day will be prohibited and the cameraman
shall comply with all reasonable and lawful requests of BCCI in this respect.
- Only one photographer representing a recognised print media publication (national
as well as regional) will be accommodated on a Match‐day inside the Match venue.
One more photographer from such publication may be accommodated upon request, subject
to reasonable availability of space.
- Accredited electronic media personnel will be provided with a ‘live’ feed of the
post‐Match press conference. For the sake of clarity, no camera equipment will be
allowed inside the press conference room on a Match‐day.
- Reporters for websites, radio channels, electronic news agencies, production houses
and representatives of agencies whose primary business involves the commercial sale
and licensing of images/photographs rather than the supply of images/photographs
to news publications for bona fide editorial purposes, will not be granted accreditation.
- The BCCI has granted sole and exclusive rights for monetization of realtime or contemporaneous
score updates from the Tournament in any manner (whether through websites, mobile
or otherwise) and any commercialisation of such contemporaneous updates or information
is to the sole account of such rights holder or the BCCI. Should any Accredited
Party provide such contemporaneous information to anyone for consideration or utilize
it in any manner for any Commercial Purpose(s), it shall be considered a violation
of these Terms. For the sake of clarity, this clause shall apply to any and all
forms of media and communication services notwithstanding anything to the contrary
in these Terms.
Formalities pre‐ and post‐ accreditation
- Every application for accreditation will have to be accompanied by one photograph
of the applicant.
- Every application will have to be accompanied by a covering letter signed by the
editor / sports editor or other relevant representative of the concerned publication
/ channel, agreeing on behalf of the relevant media organisation to be bound by
- The accreditation cards will have to be collected in person by the applicant, at
the Match venue hosting the first Match of the series, on or before the deadline
specified in the application form.
- All reporters/journalists holding accreditation cards (approved to attend the Match
in question) will have to register with the Media Team at the Match venue on the
day of the Match.
- Persistent non‐attendance at Matches that an Accredited Party has applied for may
result in such Accredited Party’s accreditation being revoked.
- Media personnel will be permitted entry to the Match venues on Matchdays and
training days only upon production of their accreditation cards. At all times
while within the Match venues, the Accredited Party shall wear the accreditation
card and ensure that such card is visible at all times, shall not tamper with or
obscure the accreditation card and shall return the accreditation card to the BCCI
immediately upon request or otherwise at the conclusion of the Tournament.
Accreditation Terms for Photographers
- The Accredited Party shall not use his/her accreditation at any time, whether now
or in the future, for any Commercial Purpose (as defined below) except for his/her
publication or syndication service or, in the case of an authorized News Agency,
for their clients/customers in accordance with these Terms (save in respect of the
exercise of any rights which have been expressly granted by the BCCI herein).
- The Accredited Party may, notwithstanding paragraph 1 above and provided that he/she
is an Accredited photographer, originate still photographic pictures of a Match
for editorial use on or in print media, websites and within news services such as
syndication services and in the case of a news agency for their clients/customers
- They appear as still images (and not as moving images to emulate broadcast);
- The still images are published as captured or with adaptation but without deliberately
removing, replacing or obscuring any logo of a sponsor of the BCCI, a team, a player
or at the Match venue; and
- The still images are used only for bona fide editorial purposes and are not used
for any Commercial Purpose (as defined below).
- Photographs taken within the Match venue by an Accredited Party may be transmitted
from the Match venue to an outside agency for publication (by that agency or any
third party recipient):
- in printed newspapers, sports‐related magazines, news magazines or other magazines
(only for editorial purposes) or only with the prior written approval of the BCCI,
unless otherwise agreed;
- websites may use a reasonable number of stills.
- Photographs of Match action or photographs taken at the Match venue taken by an
Accredited Party may not be used in any manner that suggests an endorsement or “sponsorship”
of the Tournament, or any team participating in the Tournament, in each case by
any third party which, for the avoidance of doubt, shall include the use of any
photograph in connection with, or in the same creative as, any third party, name
brand or logo (e.g., promoting the photograph as the “XYZ pic of the day” or in
any way including any corporate logo or other designation of any third party in
close proximity to the photograph (including within the photograph) or in any other
way that would in any manner suggest any association between that third party and
the photograph or subject of the photograph).
- The Accredited Party and his/her employer and/or principal (if any) agree that the
photographs must not be used in any commercial activity whatsoever without the prior
written consent of the BCCI (which may be withheld in its absolute discretion),
including without limitation in or on:
It is clarified that posters in newspapers, meant for promotion of editorial coverage,
shall not be included in the above definition.
- any calendar;
- collector cards;
- pop‐up, stand‐up or other cards;
- videos and films;
- advertisements, promotional and point‐of‐sale material;
- games (including computer games);
- merchandise; or
- websites (other than those websites that use the photographs for editorial purposes
- Under no circumstance shall the Accredited Party and/or his/her employer and/or
principal be able to use (or cause or permit to be used by any third party) any
such photographs in any book where such photographs include (i) any trademarks,
logos or other intellectual property of the BCCI or (ii) an image of any participant
in any Match played within or at a Match venue, unless all clearances and consents
have first been obtained in writing from the BCCI and/or such participants, as the
case may be.
- The Accredited Party and/or his/her employer and/or principal will not knowingly
sell or supply any such photographs to any third party who intends to use any photograph
for a Commercial Purpose or Commercial Use (each as defined below) and the Accredited
Party and/or his/her employer and/or principal will procure the prior written agreement
of any third party to whom the Accredited Party and/or his/her employer and/or principal
sell, licence, and/or supply any Photograph not to use any such Photograph for a
Commercial Purpose or a Commercial Use (each as defined below).
- For the purposes of these Terms:
“Commercial Purposes” include, but are not limited to:
- promotions or any promotional materials (other than the promotion of editorial coverage
of cricket Matches and/or series in newspapers, magazines and broadcast and other
editorial service, and point‐of‐sale promotion for such coverage as long as such
point‐of‐sale promotional materials are not sold or distributed to members of the
public and provided always that such promotional activity shall not be conducted
through mobile devices);
- advertising (including advertorials); or
- merchandising purposes, including all the activities listed in clause 5 above, as
well as animations, avatars and invitations.
“Commercial Uses” include, but are not limited to:
- subject to these Terms, any use that generates financial value to the person or
organisation using the content solely as a result of such use; or
- any use that in any manner that suggests an endorsement by or sponsorship of the
Tournament, any team participating in the Tournament or any member of a participating
- any use in connection with any third party or in any manner promoting or being associated
with any third party.
Terms relating to Audio‐visual Broadcasting
Accreditation Terms for Electronic Media
- Only one pair (reporter + cameraperson) representing an electronic media group will
be given accreditation, unless otherwise agreed.
- Accredited reporters of News Broadcasters (as defined below) will be given a seat
in the main press box, subject to availability of space. Accredited reporters may
be accommodated in any other enclosure on account of lack of space in the main press
box. For the purpose of these Terms, News Broadcasters shall mean any broadcasters
registered under the category of “News and Current Affairs” channels under the Ministry
of Information and Broadcasting's “Downlinking Guidelines”.
- There will be no bar on players speaking to accredited reporters of News Broadcasters
when the Tournament is being played, as long as the interviews are conducted as
per the BCCI guidelines.
- The limitations on use of photographs on websites contained above shall apply equally
to News Broadcasters’ own websites.
- Accredited camerapersons will not be permitted entry into the venue on a Match‐day
and will only be allowed access to an Audio‐Video Distributor at the end of the
Match, from which they will be able to acquire a ‘live’ feed of the post‐Match media
- Accredited camerapersons will be allowed to enter the venue and cover the pre‐Match
media conferences and practice sessions on training days. However, a "live"
telecast of the media conferences and practice sessions will not be permitted.
References to Matches and Series
The Accredited Party shall in all instances of publication or broadcast refer to
the Match and the Series in the manner designated by the BCCI, including the name
of the Title Sponsor of the Match and/or Series, as relevant.
News Access Guidelines
The BCCI News Access Guidelines (“News Access Guidelines”) issued alongside these
Terms are incorporated by reference in their entirety into these Terms. For the
sake of clarity, any breach of the News Access Guidelines by an Accredited Party,
news agency, electronic media group, News Broadcaster or any associated and un‐associated
third party acting on its behalf shall constitute a breach of these Terms.
Enforcement of Terms
The BCCI retains and, to the extent required, is hereby granted by the relevant
copyright owner of content governed by these Terms, the rights to enforce compliance
by an Accredited Party, news agency, electronic media group, News Broadcaster and
associated and un‐associated third parties acting on its behalf with these Terms
(whether by means of anti‐infringement actions, legal proceedings or otherwise)
and with the copyright law in force. In all such cases an Accredited Party, the
electronic media group, News Broadcaster or any other person governed by these Terms
will not undertake any act to obstruct, nullify or obviate the rights of the BCCI
under this provision.
Guidelines for News and Current Affairs Broadcasters for
Audio Visual Broadcasting (the “Guidelines”)
These Guidelines apply solely to broadcasters having channels registered under the
category of “News and Current Affairs” channels under the Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting's “Uplinking / Downlinking Guidelines” (“News Broadcasters”).
These Guidelines are issued in relation to the West Indies' tour of India bilateral cricket series scheduled to be held between 6th November 2013 and 27th November 2013 (the “Series”), and are designed to permit and promote broad distribution of news relating to the matches comprising the Series (the “Matches” and each a “Match”) whilst protecting the integrity of the rights licensed to the Official Broadcaster (as defined below) by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (“BCCI”).
These Guidelines have been framed on the basis of well‐established fair use principles
upheld by the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi in 2012. News Broadcasters may use Match
footage from the official feed of the Series broadcast by the Official Broadcaster
only within the below specified limits and parameters. Other channels that are not
News Broadcasters and in particular sports channels or sports news/programmes on
sports channels are not permitted to use any footage related to the Series or the
News Broadcasters shall not be permitted to broadcast, transmit, distribute and/or
stream any audio‐visual or visual‐only footage relating to the Series or the Matches
(including all in‐stadia events, ceremonies, whether Pre‐Match, between innings
or Post‐Match) anywhere in the world, other than as explicitly permitted under these
The Official Broadcaster shall permit the transmission of any audio‐visual footage
relating to the Series or any Match by News Broadcasters via traditional television
transmission media such as terrestrial, cable and satellite on linear, regularly
scheduled news bulletins only. Any other transmission, delivery, distribution or
streaming of Match footage is prohibited except to the extent and manner explicitly
permitted in these Guidelines. Usage of Match footage by the News Broadcasters shall
be monitored by and on behalf of the Official Broadcaster and the BCCI.
These Guidelines permit the use of Archive Footage (as defined below) provided that
the News Broadcasters desirous of using and/or telecasting any Archive Footage on
News Programmes and/or Special Programmes (as defined below) may approach the BCCI
and/or the Official Broadcaster for permission by stating the nature, quantity and
purpose of their proposed usage of the Archive Footage.
- For the purposes of these Guidelines, the following capitalized terms shall have
the following meanings:
- “Achievement Footage” shall mean any Fresh Footage depicting an important
personal milestone of a player or other exceptional and unexpected events that occur
during any Match of the Series.
- “Archive Footage” shall mean audio‐visual or visual‐only footage from a Match
that forms part of the Series from the period 24 hours after the commencement of
the Match concerned.
- “Day” shall mean a period of 24 hours from the commencement of a Match.
- “Fresh Footage” shall mean audio‐visual or visual‐only footage of any and
all Match play on the Day of the Match and shall include any and all in‐stadium
entertainment and presentation ceremonies, whether occurring Pre‐Match, between
innings or Post‐Match.
- “News Programme(s)” shall have such meaning as provided in Clause 7, below.
- “Official Broadcaster” shall mean ESPN Star Sports (through Star India Private
Limited, being the official rights holder of BCCI cricket events).
- “Special Programme(s)” shall mean any news format programmes broadcast by
the News Broadcaster that are not News Programmes.
- “Sports Segment(s)” shall have such meaning as provided in Clause 7, below.
USE OF FOOTAGE
- News Broadcasters will be allowed to broadcast a maximum of 5.5 minutes of Fresh
Footage in a Day on News Programmes and/or Special Programmes strictly in accordance
with the limitations contained in these Guidelines.
- An aggregate of no more than two (2) minutes of Fresh Footage may be broadcast per
hour of broadcast.
- A maximum of two (2) repeats of Fresh Footage may be broadcast in any given hour
of news broadcast in the News Programmes and/or Special Programmes. For purposes
of clarity, the Fresh Footage of two (2) minutes per hour of news broadcast, as
permitted under Clause 3 above, may only be broadcast two (2) times in that hour,
and no further repeats of such Fresh Footage will be permitted.
- There will be a minimum of a 30‐minute delay from the Live telecast by the Official
Broadcaster before telecast of any Fresh Footage by a News Broadcaster provided
however, that News Broadcasters are permitted to disrupt regular News Programmes
only, to broadcast clip(s) of Achievement Footage for a period not exceeding 15
seconds and for no more than one (1) exhibition for reporting purposes only, within
30 minutes following the Live broadcast of the Achievement Footage by the Official
Broadcaster. The relevant duration with respect to the term "Live" as used
herein shall include the period from the first ball to the last ball of any Match
and will extend to the pre‐Match toss and the post‐Match presentation ceremony.
- All Fresh Footage must be broadcast “as is”, without alterations or modifications
and within 24 hours of the commencement of the Match to which it relates. Fresh
Footage may be used for news reporting (which is result orientated) only and not
for the purpose of analysis (by way of review or comments by experts, ex‐cricketers,
anchors, analysts or presenters).
- The term “News Programmes” shall mean the News Broadcaster’s regular scheduled
news bulletins which contain and are restricted to reporting (and not analysis)
of current news and current affairs of regional, national and/or international importance
and shall include any sports news segment as part of such scheduled news bulletins
(hereinafter a “Sports Segment”).
USE OF FOOTAGE IN SPORTS SEGMENTS
- Commercialisation of Sports Segments incorporating Fresh Footage in any manner,
including by way of sponsorships and insertions of advertisements while reporting
on the Series as part of the News Programme shall not be permitted and shall be
considered a violation of these Guidelines.
- There shall be no ad, sting, logo, graphic or any other commercial (morphing) activity
carried immediately before, immediately after or during a clip using Fresh Footage
from any Match or before during or after a Sports Segment, and no association may
be created between such clip or Sports Segment and any third party brand or product.
USE OF FOOTAGE IN SPECIAL PROGRAMMES
- Use of Fresh Footage in Special Programmes shall not be permitted unless the Fresh
Footage is used solely for news reporting purposes and not for analysis, as further
clarified in Clause 6.
- In the event that Fresh Footage is used in a Special Programme, there shall be no
ad, sting, logo, graphic or any other commercial (morphing) activity carried immediately
before, immediately after or during a clip using Fresh Footage from any Match, and
no association shall be created between such clip and any third party brand or product.
Further, no ad, sting, logo, graphic or any other commercial (morphing) activity
shall be carried immediately before, immediately after or during a Special Programme
making use of Fresh Footage.
- In addition to the restrictions placed specifically on Special Programmes under
these Guidelines, use of Fresh Footage in Special Programmes shall remain subject
to all other restrictions as applicable to News Programmes under these Guidelines,
including but not limited to restrictions placed under Clauses 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
IMPERMISSIBLE COMMERCIALISATION AND OTHER METHODS OF BROADCASTING FOOTAGE
- A News Broadcaster may commercially exploit a News Programme within which Fresh
Footage is broadcast as a whole, in the regular course, through normal advertising
breaks usual in programming of news channels, provided always that no advertising,
sting, logo, graphic and/or any other commercial (morphing) activity occurs immediately
before, immediately after or during the Fresh Footage and no association is created,
suggested or implied between the use of Fresh Footage and any third party brand
or product. To clarify, no News Programme or Sports Segment that uses the Fresh
Footage may have a "title" or other sponsor and no advertisement may (i) be used
or repeated in the regular advertising breaks during the News Programme or Sports
Segment in such a manner as to create, suggest or imply an association between the
advertiser or the product and the Fresh Footage and/or the Series, or (ii) be solicited
for broadcast during the News Programme on the representation that the News Programme
would carry the Fresh Footage and/or cover the Series, or (iii) be sold at a special
premium for broadcast during the News Programme on the representation that the News
Programme would carry the Fresh Footage and/or cover the Series.
- To clarify, each News Broadcaster shall be at liberty, in the course of a News Programme,
to carry advertising, stings, logos, graphics and/or any other commercial (morphing)
activity on a news ticker, during the broadcast of Fresh Footage, provided that
such advertising is not displayed only or specifically during the News Broadcaster’s
reporting of the Series or the use of Fresh Footage. Further, the advertising, sting,
logo, graphic and/or any other commercial (morphing) activity in relation to any
third party sponsor of the News Programme in which the Fresh Footage is broadcast,
may be displayed by the New Broadcaster at the time of reporting of the Series only
if such advertising, sting, logo, graphic and/or any other commercial (morphing)
activity appears on the ticker throughout the duration of the News Programme, save
for when the advertising, sting, logo, graphic and/or any other commercial (morphing)
activity in relation to other third parties is being broadcast.
- News Broadcasters may not include any advertising, sting, logo, graphic or any other
commercial (morphing) activity carried immediately before, immediately after or
during any ‘player‐of‐the‐day’, ‘event‐of‐the‐day’, ‘image‐of‐the‐day’ or like feature
relating to the Matches or the Series.
- News Broadcasters, shall not make use of any Fresh Footage as part of News Programmes,
Sports Segments or Special Programmes which promote a third party brand or product
by way of side screens, interview backdrops, by the anchors or analysts appearing
in the programmes, or any other form of logo or product placement activity.
- News Broadcasters cannot use the Fresh Footage, permitted as per these Guidelines,
to make their own compilation or mix the Fresh Footage with footage from other television
events, sports events, documentaries, interviews out of the context of the Series,
etc. The Fresh Footage must be used “as is” without alterations or modifications
and subject only to editing to meet time constraints for news bulletins.
- The Official Broadcaster has the exclusive rights from BCCI to produce, inter alia,
studio‐based programmes in relation to the Series. Under no circumstances will a
News Broadcaster be permitted to use the Fresh Footage from any such programming,
including by zooming into the television screens placed in the show on which the
Fresh Footage may be exhibited by the Official Broadcaster.
- News Broadcasters must carry the name of the Series and the official logo of the
BCCI and the Official Broadcaster in all their broadcast mentions.
- Courtesy bugs acknowledging the BCCI and the Official Broadcaster must be pasted
by the News Broadcaster throughout the use of Match footage on‐air. The logos of
both, the BCCI and the Official Broadcaster should be seen “as is” or referred to
with due prominence. If either of the logos is covered by the News Broadcaster's
logo or overlays, there must be a source credit or a courtesy line extended at the
bottom of the screen displayed in the same font size as the News Broadcaster’s own
logo or overlay. Failure to abide by these conditions will amount to a violation
of the copyright in the content (including the Fresh Footage) which may be actionable
under applicable law by the BCCI and/or the Official Broadcaster.
STREAMING ON THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES OF THE NEWS BROADCASTERS
- Nothing contained herein prohibits a News Broadcaster from continuing to undertake
live video streaming simulcasts of its news channels on the channel’s official website
provided that the content being streamed on the channel website is the exact replica
of the programme run on the News Broadcaster’s news channel, it is displayed simultaneously
with its television news broadcast and such simulcasting is customarily provided
on the official website by the channel for all content that it broadcasts in the
ordinary course. It is clarified that live video streaming simulcasting of the news
broadcast that includes Fresh Footage may be undertaken only on the News Broadcaster’s
official website and not on any cricket website or any other website, whether or
not owned by the News Broadcaster. Notwithstanding the aforementioned, News Broadcasters
shall not display deferred or archived Fresh Footage, whether as part of news bulletin
or otherwise, on their own official website or via their account or otherwise on
a third‐party video‐upload site such as YouTube, DailyMotion, etc.
ENFORCEMENT AND CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLATIONS OF THE GUIDELINES
- Any use beyond as permitted under these Guidelines if not under a prior bilateral
agreement between the relevant News Broadcaster and the Official Broadcaster will
be treated as a material violation.
- The BCCI (together with the Official Broadcaster) retains and, to the extent required,
is hereby granted by the relevant copyright owner governed by these Guidelines by
virtue of use of the Fresh Footage hereunder, the rights to monitor and enforce
compliance by News Broadcasters and associated and unassociated third parties with
these Guidelines (whether by means of anti‐infringement actions, legal proceedings
or otherwise) and with the copyright law in force. In all such cases the relevant
News Broadcaster will not undertake any act to obstruct, nullify or obviate the
rights of the BCCI or the Official Broadcaster granted hereunder. The BCCI and the
Official Broadcaster each expressly reserve all of their respective legal rights
and remedies against any News Broadcaster that breaches the Guidelines, which shall
be explicitly in addition to any specified remedies hereunder in relation to certain
specific violations of these Guidelines.
- Nothing contained in these Guidelines shall limit the rights of the BCCI or the
Official Broadcaster to exercise remedies available under law or contract for violations
of these Guidelines, including for damages, specific relief and through potential
immediate revocation, suspension or cancellation of media accreditation where, applicable.
In addition to BCCI’s and/or the Official Broadcaster’s right to pursue such other
remedies, the News Broadcaster hereby agrees to indemnify BCCI and the Official
Broadcaster for any and all losses or damages as a result of the violation and breach
of these guidelines resulting from such overuse.