Thursday, June 05, 2008

SCOTUS backs free speech over IP in baseball data case

Earlier this week the US Supreme Court denied petition for a writ of certiorari in MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, ET AL. V. C.B.C. DISTRIBUTION & MARKETING. This relatively technical legal decision may have important implications for the conflict between intellectual property and free speech involving the use of sports statistics.

The folks at IP Justice seem to think that this is a big win for free speech advocates in this context in a world where there is an increasing level of commercialisation of the data associated with sports; including situations where journalists get thrown out of sports stadia for live blogging what's happening on the field.

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