The Eleventh Circuit rules out prevailing of copyright and bases its analysis exclusively on competition law (Morris Communications vs. PGA Tour)

Over the last years, the relationship between sports and media has evolved in an unprecedented manner. Broadcasting packages now consist of many different rights such as highlights packages, mobile phone rights and Internet packages. Due to this significant enlargement in commercial sports products, some media coverage that was considered as general public information, i.e. free of charge, began to be qualified as a commercial product, mostly subject to copyright. Real-time sports scores are among these new products. To date, there is not a clear distinction line between “news” that are usually not subject to copyright and sports content constituting a copyrightable commercial product. In a milestone case, NBA vs. Motorola Inc. (105 F.3d 841, 2nd Cir. 1997), it was decided that

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Ljupcho Grozdanovski, Alara Efsun Yazıcıoğlu, The Eleventh Circuit rules out prevailing of copyright and bases its analysis exclusively on competition law (Morris Communications vs. PGA Tour), 31 March 2004, e-Competitions Bulletin Sport, Art. N° 68370

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