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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on July 10, 2001 at 04:25:57:

In Reply to: Re: Copyright of sports results posted by Davie on July 10, 2001 at 02:18:28:

: Following on from below:

: This is a copy of the copyright notice on the
: association site.

: Are they allowed to prevent the results of their
: results being put on any other site through
: copyrighting?

: "All information contained in this Site (whether
: in the form of text, graphical images, software,
: advertisements, logos or otherwise) is subject
: to a claim of copyright by ..... or the lawful
: holder of those rights. All rights are reserved
: in this regard.
: You may only use or reproduce information
: contained in this Site for your personal,
: non-commercial or educational use provided that
: you include a copy of this copyright notice in
: any such reproduction. You may not:
: - modify or develop any information in this Site"

:
: -------------------------------------------------
: Am I allowed to put sports results (in my case a
: : very minor sport in my country) on my site without the
: : permission of my sport's association - they already have a
: : website which posts the results? I actually get the
: : results from a separate source and not their site.
: : Additionally what about league tables?

: : They have threatened me with legal action if I do
: : not stop publishing "material" concerning the sport!

Dear Davie,

Without taking professional responsibility, my feeling is that as long as you do not copy the mode of expression that you are not an infringer.

I have not researched the law with regard to competition between newspapers. I believe there is a body of law about one newspaper putting out news gotten from another.

That may be question of unfair competition.

An ugly reality is that even if you are right you may be brought into court. The cost even if you are right may be very high. Some courts are awarding defendant attorney's fees if you win. The cost to get that even if available might be more than most people can afford.

If you continue and are sued, if it is not a copyright infringement, you may be stopped but there may be little or no damages for you to pay.

The law is a tough thing, particularly if you don't have money. This has been true for ages.

M. Arthur Auslander
Auslander & Thomas-Intellectual Property Law Since 1909
505 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
212-594-6900, fax 212-244-0028, aus@auslander.com
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