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Copyright Over Fixture Lists

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Fixtures are nothing more than an advert for a product. The music industry and this company must be the only two organisations which get away with charging people to advertise their products

I suppose it’s a great business model if you can sustain it – to get others (including your customers or other services that your customers use) to pay for your advertising.

However, there is an issue of whether there is a valid or enforceable intellectual property right in the information that [home team] will be playing [away team] at the [home team’s stadium] on a particular date and time. There is a 2004 European Court of Justice ruling.

(First posted on Tony Kempster’s Non-League Forum)


One thought on “Copyright Over Fixture Lists

  1. A challenge over TV rights. Football makes a lot of money with differential pricing of “intellectual property”.

    Two questions usually remain unanswered:

    1. Is it intellectual property at all.
    2. Is the pricing model in breach of competition laws.

    The second question may be answered soon.

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