News agencies to boycott Cannes festival launch


It’s all about rights restrictions, which means that the organisers of the Cannes Festival have tried to do a deal about who gets to show what. So much for press freedom. Still, it’s hard to feel much sympathy for these old media giants. They’ve been playing this kind of game over rights for years, and are fond of threatening bloggers with legal action. It’s the world you made: don’t be surprised if it blows up in your face.

News agencies are protesting about restrictions on coverage, access and usage of video linked to a contract between the Cannes film festival and French broadcaster Canal Plus and pay-TV service Orange.

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