April 25, 2007

Foul ball: Baseball’s copyright warnings

Filed under: Chilling Effects — Wendy @ 8:18 pm

Several people I talked to about the NFL copyright warning reminded me that Major League Baseball goes even further off the wall with its assertions. I grabbed a couple of local games last weekend and here present a comparison of the copyright warnings from the Yankees (via Fox) and the Mets (via CW11).

This copyrighted telecast is presented by authority of the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball [or Sterling Mets]. It may not be reproduced or retransmitted in any form, and the accounts and descriptions of this game may not be disseminated, without the express written consent [of Sterling Mets].

I have included no “accounts or descriptions of the game.” In each clip, I tried to capture the warning plus a bit of the broadcast’s context. In each case, YouTube chooses a screenshot from near the end, after the warning. Will MLB’s copyright bots drop the ball? What’s your favorite sports copyright claim?


  1. Interesting timing. Michigan Law blogger Scott Warheit, who moonlights as a sports columnist for the Detroit News and mlive, recently had a short MLB clip removed from YouTube. The clip included a couple highlight hits from a recent game, and was embedded into a detailed blog post that reported on the game, player performances, coaching decisions, etc.

    I discuss more of the details on my blog.

    Comment by Kurt Hunt — April 25, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

  2. The fox one has nicer graphics, but the compression used on the audio is choppier (it may be youtube’s compression clashing with fox’s).

    I’m going to copyright the weather and then sue MLB anytime they say “It’s a nice day today in ____” because I won’t allow descriptions either.</sarcasm>

    So, how would one prevent them from lying about their copyrights?

    Comment by Anonymous — April 26, 2007 @ 8:04 am

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