April 25, 2007
Foul ball: Baseball's copyright warnings

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?

Posted by Wendy at 08:18 PM