Footie kicks off today but watch out!

As always…its not that straightforward.

The main case to focus upon is the 2011 decision of the CJEU – better known as the decoder case…read it here
In short the Prem cannot claim copyright in the matches themselves, as they cannot be classified as works So therefore it begs the question as to whether or not a goal is protectable? Even if it is, then can the user rely on the UK copyright exceptions notably news reporting. Well the goal is topical and news worthy and surely a goal from say Rooney today is news and therefore exempt?

So despite the understandable threats from the Prem and although they are short of a few bob a tweet of a goal via say Vine may not constitute copyright infringment after all.

Anyway back to the build up….


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