Why are daily fantasy sport sites getting their statistical data from third party sites like stats llc and sportradar? Isnt that statistical data considered public information?
Various professional sports leagues have made arguments in various cases that they may have some ownership rights, particularly for real time sports data, however, there are also first amendment concerns, and how this would all play out would depend on all of the facts of a particular case.
You should discuss with an intellectual property attorney in a private consultation.
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Every website owner may set the terms and conditions that visitors must abide by to lawfully access and view the site. Even when the site owner publishes public domain information its terms can contractually prohibit visitors from copying that information. See, for example, the NFL's terms: http://www.nfl.com/help/terms
Moreover, your premise is wrong: copyright law can protect public domain information that's selected and arranged in a creative way. In addition to the copyright that attaches to that creative arrangement, smart database compilers include non-public domain information and designs into the mix -- resulting in a compilation that is very difficult for bots to "scrape" without infringing one or more copyrights.
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