As some of you may have picked up from our twittter feed Viva Rovers was briefly suspended on Wednesday night. Although we were originally unsure as to why we soon found out when site hosts WordPress forwarded an email they’d received from Football DataCo. If you’ve not heard of them, and I hadn’t let their email explain. “Football Data Co Limited is the appointed licensee of the FA Premier League, the Football League, the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League (“the Leagues”) in respect of the licensing of certain intellectual property rights of the Leagues, including Match Action photograph, for use by third parties”. Efficient and official they may be; concise they are seemingly not.
Anyway the jist of the email was unless you’re willing to pay us money you cannot use any pictures of footballers playing football on your website. And, naturally I am not willing to pay them any money as in most cases I’ve already paid an extortionate amount of money to watch said football match from which the images come from. Anyway, I’ve now had to go back through some of the recent articles and exchange any match action shots or pictures of players who may be incolved in match action for alternate photos. The problem with this is that footballers are usually photographed in a match action scenario. As such, in coming weeks we may have to get creative to keep having photos on the site. So, there, you’ve been forewarned… hwo will we do this you ask, well stay tuned and all will be revealed in the coming episodes of Viva Rovers.