Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQ are provided by the MBC.d for information purposes only. Participants and other accredited persons are invited to consult the MBC.d Social Media, Blogging and Internet Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) in their full version, available online at
http://www.millenniummarathon.com/media/media-guidelines and the MBC.d Extranet.
Q: Who is concerned by the Guidelines?
A: The Guidelines apply to all accredited persons, in particular to all athletes, coaches, officials, personnel of National Organizing Committees and members of media accredited to the Millennium Marathon (“Participants”).
Q: When do the Guidelines apply?
A: The Guidelines apply from the opening of the 16-day training session (1st July 2015), until the closing of September 12, 2015.
Q: Can I use social media or update my blog/website during my participation in the Millennium Marathon?
A: YES; the MBC.d encourages Participants to blog about their experience at the Millennium Marathon but requests that certain rules are observed. In particular, Participants’ activities on social media and the internet should comply with the MBC.d Guide and be consistent with the MBC.d values of “Friendship, Excellence and Respect”. Also remember that any online activity is still subject to applicable laws (such as defamation, privacy and intellectual property laws) and so the Guidelines require Participants to respect those laws and ensure that their social media activity is in good taste, dignified and does not contain vulgar or obscene content. Postings that are racist, discriminatory or otherwise offensive towards other Participants or third parties are also forbidden under the Guidelines. During the period of the Millennium Marathon, Participants are not allowed to commercialize their social media and internet activity (see further below “Can I post about my sponsors during the Millennium Marathon?”).
Q: Can I post about the competitions?
A: YES; Participants can post about their participation in the competitions, other competitions or their experiences generally during the Millennium Marathon, but they should not assume the role of a journalists or media outlet. Posting should hence be in first-person, diary-type format. In their online activities, Participants must not disclose any information which is confidential or private in relation to any other person or organisation involved in the Millennium Marathon.
Q: Can I answer questions from the media asked through internet or social media?
A: YES; in the same way as offline, Participants are allowed – but under no obligation – to answer questions from the media asked through internet or social media. Participants should also be vigilant about their postings and keep in mind that what they say and post on the internet and social media will be in the public domain and may be used by the media.
Q: Can I share photos taken from Millennium Marathon venues?
A: YES; Participants can share still photographs taken within or outside competition venues and other Millennium Marathon venues on social media and internet provided such postings are not used for commercial purposes and respect applicable laws and the rights of others.
Q: Can I share videos taken from Millennium Marathon Venues?
A: Participants can record video or audio content within or outside competition venues and other Millennium Marathon venues, with non-professional recording material (no TV equipment, tripods or mono pods are allowed). However, video or audio content taken from within Millennium Marathon venues must only be for personal use and must not be uploaded or shared on any website, blog, social media page, public photo- or video-sharing sites or mobile application. Participants can share video or audio content taken outside competition venues and other Millennium Marathon venues on social media and the internet provided that such posting is not for commercial purposes and respect applicable laws and the rights of others.
Q: Can I post photos or videos taken within the Millennium Marathon sites?
A: YES; Participants can take photos within the Millennium Marathon Sites (except in areas designated as “no picture areas”) and such photos can be posted on the internet or social media. However, it is important to keep in mind that if another person’s image is included or referred to in a posting, such person’s permission should be obtained beforehand. Videos or audio content recorded within the Millennium Marathon Sites must only be for personal use and must not be uploaded or shared on any website, blog, social media page, public photo- or video-sharing sites or mobile application. Persons staying in the Millennium Marathon Sites are also required to respect the protected atmosphere of the Millennium Marathon Sites and are not allowed to report on the activities of other residents, unless they have obtained such other persons’ consent beforehand.
Q: Can I use the Millennium Marathon brand mark or other Millennium Marathon properties in my internet and social media posts?
A: Participants and other accredited persons are not allowed to use the Millennium Marathon brand Mark in their postings, blogs or tweets. Only members of accredited media are authorised to use the Millennium Marathon brand mark for factual and news editorial purposes, for example in a news article covering the Millennium Marathon. The word “Millennium Marathon” and other Millennium Marathon-related terminology can be used by Participants in their social media and internet activities but only for editorial/factual purposes (for example to describe and report about their experience at the Race). In any event, the Millennium Marathon brand mark and other Millennium Marathon properties must not be used for commercial purposes, or in a manner that suggests any kind of endorsement by the NOC. The Millennium Marathon brand mark and other Millennium Marathon properties should be used in their normal design or wording.