Chelsea FC: Giving Up Your Rights

If it wasn’t enough for the club to show how little they care for supporters with regards to the CPO and Stamford Bridge issue, a piece of information comes our way today that shows this is a growing trend.

The club have started a new ‘upload your photo/videos’ section on the Official Chelsea FC website called ‘All Blues. All Season‘ – we were asked to promote it a short while ago but declined because frankly, the club take the p*ss with their demands of supporter sites and you never get anything in return.  It’s all take, no give.

However if you are inclined to use this new area on their site then please note that in the terms and conditions of use, you are giving up your all your rights (for ever) in anything you upload. This means that Chelsea FC, their agents, partners or anyone they sell images or information to, may use or alter your images or use the video for any purpose they see fit.

From their T&C’s; “4.3 You acknowledge that by posting materials on the Chelsea Site You grant to Us and Our licensors and assigns an irrevocable, perpetual royalty free worldwide licence to use the materials within the Chelsea Site and in any other manner. The licence extends to copying, distributing, broadcasting, and otherwise transmitting, and adapting and editing the materials.

So you may upload a picture of your youngster in the latest Chelsea kit, and the club can then use this in magazines or promotions the world over without ever asking your consent, nor compensating you for the use of your image either. Would you be happy about your child’s face used on ad boards in Thailand, or Korea, without knowing it?

Those of you who use Facebook will remember a public backlash and outcry in the media about a similar clause in their terms and conditions, and they removed the clause quickly so to avoid public anger, it’s unbelievable that the club has put the same clause in place.

I doubt very much the club care enough or will be hit with as much negative press about their clause, so the best we can do is advise you NOT to upload anything to the the All Blues. All Season part of the Chelsea FC website.

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