Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on February 13, 1999 at 05:02:48:
In Reply to: Printed Box Scores posted by J. Bierman on February 12, 1999 at 19:29:49:
: I am have written a computer program that is used to figure out the points for fantasy baseball for our league. I am thinking about modifying it a bit and putting it out for sale. I have a question about whether this is legal before I waste my time. What it does is takes normal box scores, published on hundred of different web sites, reads them, and converts them into the stats for the fantasy baseball league. I am wondering if these box scores are property of Major League Baseball, or of the web site that I get them from, or if they are available to use for free.
The copyright law protects a mode of expression, not ideas and information. As long as the information is obtained legally, it is currently available it can be use. The source code for your program is a protectable mode of expression. It will not protect you against another using the concept of what you do. MONOPOLY is protected by its copyright and trademark, EASY MONEY may have been inspired by MONOPOLY but has its own copyright and trademark life.
M. Arthur Auslander
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