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Legal status of chess game collections

I dropped on this purely by accident and if I have followed up
incorrectly I apologise. There is very old legal precedence that the
reporting of public sporting events and the scores etc of the games is
in the public domain. Once you have made a move in chess (or played a
shot in a cricket match which is our area of interest) it becomes a fact
and as such not subject to copyright. Provided the games are given just
as straight factual reports they are not subject to any restriction, the
format they are in and any comments by the players of course remain
protected, I believe this was decided in about 1860 in a case where a
Newspaper was sued for publishing a cricket scorecard.
Jeff Green
Systems Manager CricInfo Limited
+44 (0) 20 8427 2660
+44 (0) 7970 474986

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