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Are Sporting Events Copyrightable?

By January 14, 2004sports

UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh has a great post about the recently reported settlement reached by the Cubs baseball team and the owners of the buildings behind Wrigley Field. The owners of the buildings have been charging people to view the Cubs games from the rooftops. The Cubs owners felt that this commercial enterprise was a copyright infringement.

Professor Volokh concludes that the Cubs owners’ copyright infringement claims are ‘almost frivolous’ and then explains why sporting events should not be considered copyrightable. Why? Well, go read his post.

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