While utilizing the likeness of a public figure for your own personal gain has generally been a boon for licensing agreements, companies want to incorporate references to important people, brands and sports is the next best place for licensing outside of the movies.
You’ve seen the warnings, you can’t record the games without permission of the Commissioner. Okay, so, what’s the big deal? Those who are involved within online fantasy leagues – for baseball, football and other sports, got some good news.
A federal judge has ruled that fantasy leagues can use player names and statistics, without getting licensing agreements from Major League Baseball. The judge ruled that the names and stats are not the intellectual property of baseball. One company that organizes such fantasy leagues was told by baseball’s Internet wing it could no longer use the player profiles and game stats.
Although suprising, with sports stats on every website that even discusses sports, it’s nearly public information. Let’s hope people don’t go overboard and get their hands slapped.
Source: Top Technology News