Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Sports statistics sense?

SiliconValley.com reports:
"CBS's Internet unit won the right to use National Football League players' names and statistics for free in fantasy sports leagues it sponsors after a judge ruled the information is in the public domain.

A federal appeals court decision in 2007 that companies operating fantasy leagues have a First Amendment right to use names and data of baseball players without paying a licensing fee applies to football as well, U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery said in Minneapolis."

Well done Judge Montgomery. A small victory for common sense in one particularly crackpot outpost of the copyright landscape.

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