Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Illinois newspapers prevail over state high school athletic association in deal over photo sales

Finally, the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois High School Association have ended their year-long fight over rights to sell photographs taken at high-school athletic competitions. A court settlement has ended the dispute, which had moved from the sidelines of the state's football title games to the state capitol, reports Doug Finke of the State Journal-Register in Springfield.

"The pact between the IHSA and the Illinois Press Association gives newspaper photographers full access to sporting events and does not restrict what they do with the photos," Finke writes. "As part of the agreement, the IPA agreed to drop a lawsuit against the IHSA and no longer pursue legislation in the General Assembly to bar the IHSA from granting a private company the sole right to sell photos taken at championship high school sporting events. " (Read more)

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