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High Court: football fixtures are copyrighted

High Court: football fixtures are copyrighted

Betting companies and newspapers will have to pay to use and publish lists of football fixtures following a ruling by Britain's High Court.
The English Premier League and four other bodies brought a case against companies including the British subsidiary of Yahoo Inc. over their unlicensed use of fixtures.
The European Court of Justice ruled in 2004 against protection of fixture lists but the High Court agreed with the Premier League that the work that goes into the scheduling of matches was sufficient to justify protection under so-called database copyright law.
Judge Christopher Floyd said that "the process of preparing fixture lists involves very significant labor and skill" and is "not mere sweat of the brow."


Updated : 2021-10-18 13:33 GMT+08:00