Discussion: Logos in WordCamp Videos

The WordPress.tv submission guidelines kindly request:

Please don’t add sponsor or producer logos to the videos.

This has been extrapolated to mean that banners that include sponsor logos should not be displayed in the videos, as well as slides with company logos on them (whether they are event sponsors or not). In fact, the WordCamp Organiser Handbook says:

Please don’t include sponsor or production company logos in the final videos; WordPress.tv is a non-commercial community site and not a place for advertising.

The problem is that this kind of thing becomes very hard to moderate as banners included in the footage can generally not be removed. As a result, the ‘no logos in videos’ rule has been very flexible and not implemented reliably.

To remedy that, it would be valuable to re-examine this issue and develop more precise expectations. This will help prevent confusion and the possibility of WordCamp videos with valuable content being blocked from WordPress.tv.

To help clarify expectations, some community input on the following questions would be valuable:

  1. Should we ask allow logos of event sponsors to be included in WordCamp and meetup videos? This would include logos in visible banners, as well as on speaker slides.
  2. Should we allow logos of event sponsors to be added in post-production?
  3. If a speaker includes their company logo in their slides, but their company is not an event sponsor, should we include their slides in the video?
  4. Should we allow production companies to add their logos in post-production?