beowulfcluster (603942) writes "Since 1959, the football leagues in the UK have claimed copyright on the fixture lists for the various football divisions. Because of this, newspapers, betting operators and everyone else who wanted to reproduce the lists had to licence the use of them. No more, says the European Court:
"A football fixture list cannot be protected by copyright when its compilation is dictated by rules or constraints which leave no room for creative freedom," said the European judges.
Copyright experts suggest this ruling could impact other areas, such as television listings and have huge financial implications."
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