Originally posted by ivanhoe
Read all about it:
"Last week, ChessBase was apparently ‘forced to cease Internet broadcasting of the Topalov-Kamsky match’. As we noted in our report on the first match game, live broadcasting of the chess moves in this match without permission was prohibited by the Bulgarian Chess Federation (although they didn’t seem to have a problem with Chessdom’s, ...[text shortened]... hadows-on-the-wall/
What's your opinion ?
Should there be copyright on chess moves ?
I reviewed the articles. It appears that while BCF President Dr. Stefan Sergiev was quoted as saying; "This is a precedent in the world of chess and we are grateful to attorney Polzin for his assistance. This case will serve as a lesson to everybody who violates the copyright law." this is not a copyright case but a breach of a license agreement.
I noticed that the viewer for the game included the following. "Warning! It is absolutely prohibited the live broadcast of the moves or video during the game on other websites, media or software without the explicit permission of the orginizers [sic] of the match."
Therefore, breach of this potentially implied license may be actionable. I would assume that this was the actual legal threat, rather than copyright violation. Of course, even that is very, very weak. My guess is that ChessBase decided that after doing the risk v. reward analysis it wasn't worth continuing with the "live" broadcast of the match.