Re: MLB trying to copyright player's statistics
FlightRick: There is a huge difference between a box score reported by a newspaper and a "for-profit" venture of FBB.
It isn't the outcome of a game that is the property of MLB, it is how that data is being utilized. I'm sure MLB would not and will not have the slightest issue with a newspaper reporting the score of a ballgame. Will they have an issue with an entity using the data produced by their ballplayers for a methodology upon which MLB could generate guaranteed revenue?
At the core of what you and I are debating I want to say the following: It isn't that a particular entity "owns" a strikeout or homerun. It is how that data is being utilized in the marketplace. There was a case dealing with the National Basketball Association wherein the NBA was attempting to dispute a cellular phone company (can't remember the exact one at the moment) issuing "real-time" scores of in-progress basketball games. The court ruled in favor of the cell phone company.
The difference here is that this data is being utilized in a method which may be viewed as purely commercial. Courts have determined that the reporting of statistics/scores should be considered a part of the "free flow of information and ideas."
The divide is, once this data is utilized to comprise a product, a TANGIBLE product (a FANTASY BASEBALL PRODUCT), that would not otherwise exist without MLB and the players of MLB, those aforementioned entities gain rights along with the entitlement to funds arising from the licensing of the data used to construct said tangible product.
I see a difference between the data, in and of itself, and the utilization of the data in a pursuit such as FBB.
Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
Last edited by WMR; 06-16-2007 at 08:31 AM.