Ryder Cup organizers want to be clear: Spectators at Gleneagles are not only encouraged to take pictures at the event but are also allowed to share them on social media.
That clarification came Wednesday a day after multiple stories, including one first reported by The Telegraph, laid out a fan ban on sharing photos and video taken at the Ryder Cup on social media services.
"We want people to share their stories online and feel part of the Ryder Cup," said Edward Kitson, 2014 Ryder Cup match director in a release. "We have put in place a range of fantastic activities in the tented village and around the course that use technology to improve the visitor experience, and these are integrated with social networks. Selfies are positively encouraged and I expect to see plenty of them during the event."
Fans are banned from taking pictures or video in areas where play is unfolding, a reasonable request and standard practice. However, published spectator ground regulations have not changed, saying:
"Images taken with a camera, mobile phone or other electronic device cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic purposes. You must not sell, license, publish (including, without limitation, via twitter or Facebook or any other social media site) or otherwise commercially exploit photographs. Ryder Cup Europe LLP shall own all intellectual property rights in materials taken or recorded in the venue."