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Jaydawg  
Subject:  The Supreme Court refuses to hear fantasy baseball league case
Date:  6/02/08, 8:12pm
I'm not a fan of the current SCOTUS (Antonin Scalia reminds me of Steinbrenner), but I think they made the right decision on this one. The fantasy B-ball company had already---rightfully, IMO--- won their case at the Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. It seems foolish for a company to receive permission from MLB to have a right to use names and stats.

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Message #5313 of 6634  *NEW*
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brian.joura  
Subject:  Re: The Supreme Court refuses to hear fantasy baseball league case
Date:  6/3/08, 5:16am
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I think the difference comes in when you go from "right to use" to "right to profit". When it's right to use then you are dealing in information, which is a First Amendment issue or what the courts addressed in the Motorola court case. But here we are dealing more with using this information to package and sell a game and it becomes more of a Rights of Publicity issue or what the courts addressed in Haelen Laboratories. We play fantasy baseball so we can own Alex Rodriguez, not so we can own some nameless, faceless player who batted .314 with 54 HR and 156 RBIs last year.

As a fantasy player, I'm happy with the decision. But as a fan of honesty and fair play - I think it stinks.

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