One of the most significant aspects of last week’s European court of justice ruling on the Premier League‘s action against the pub landlady Karen Murphy was the court’s observation that the Premier League cannot claim copyright in the matches themselves. It said that those sporting events cannot be considered to be an author’s own intellectual creation and, therefore, by extension to be “works” for the purposes of copyright protection in the European Union.
Sports associations have been lobbying for years for such protection to be conveyed on their events. In the UK, Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, has aligned his business with the Creative Coalition Campaign, a group formed to protect the interests of rights holders in the film, music, publishing and TV production industries. Guardian