beowulfcluster 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.
beowulfcluster writes: Swedish radio reports that there's a possible conflict of interest for the judge in the Pirate Bay trial. Tomas Norström, along with entertainment industry representatives Henrik Pontén, Peter Danowsky and Monique Wadsted, is a member of the Swedish Copyright Association. He's also a member of the Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property, a group advocating stronger copyright law. A retrial has been called for by one of the lawyers representing the Pirate Bay four. The Local sums things up for non swedish speaking readers.