Re: MLB trying to copyright player's statistics
I don't buy the videogame analogy, in this case.
In a videogame, a developer pays (rightly) to feature visual representations of Major League Stars, who look the same as the real players, who move the same as the real players, and who wear the proper licensed uniforms of the real players. All so that the gamer at home can get the jolt out of "controlling" these stars on their TV screens.
In fantasy baseball (or even just in generic Sports Reporting), all you're doing is taking a Matter Of Public Record and performing some math. It's proprietary information only in the sense that it's the property of anybody who has two eyes and isn't in a coma.
To me, the analogy would be more like this: you're a production company, and you invest money to make "SpiderMan 3." You are well within your rights to demand money from a videogame maker if they want to use imagery from the film. You are CERTAINLY within your rights to prevent unauthorized duplication of the actual movie footage. But you're a moron if you think you can stop people from talking about what they saw in the movie after you've released it and entered it into the public record. Even if they are critics and gurus who get paid and generate income from talking about it.
Video and audio representations of Junior slugging a home run (be it on TV, radio, or even in a nearly-photo-realistic videogame)? Property of Major League Baseball.
But knowing that Junior slugged a home run and being able to talk openly about it? Property of no one. Not in any world governed by logic and common sense, anyway.
Last edited by FlightRick; 06-15-2007 at 08:35 PM.