The WWE’s third party ban has been up for debate much of the last few months. Since WWE talent was forced off of Twitch and Cameo, many people have wondered what constitutes problems with the new ban as The Wrestling Observer seems to have reported exactly what the issues have been. Now things are a little clearer.
The site has reported talent is banned from monetizing their social media accounts like Twitter and Instagram by working with third parties, an addition to them having already had that in place with Twitch, Cameo, and other platforms. This would take away from sponsored ad posts the WWE doesn’t directly have themselves involved in.
The violations have been reported to start with a warning, a fine, and then suspension. The company’s edict claims ownership of the talent’s social media accounts via a clause in their contracts that grants WWE the exclusive use of their likeness. Talent who have complained that the current “flexibility” allowed could be retracted by the company, and it has reportedly been made clear.
This all coincides with the statement the WWE put out in September of last year that said “WWE creates, promotes and invests in its intellectual property. It is the control and exploitation of these characters that allows WWE to drive revenue, which in turn enables the company to compensate performers at the highest levels in the sports entertainment industry.”
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