Sports Stats Not Protected By Copyright: Judge

Law360, New York (August 10, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A fantasy sports company hit a home run this week when a judge ruled that Major League Baseball players’ names and game statistics are in the public domain and not copyrightable.

CBC Distribution and Marketing Inc. had asked for a judge to intervene, believing it was going to be sued by Major League Baseball Advanced Media—the Internet arm of Major League Baseball—for using name and game information in its fantasy baseball business.

MLB wanted to make fantasy game owners pay licensing fees for the use of...
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