Live Mint: The tussle over live cricket scores

Live Mint have reported quite comprehensively on the issue. Scroll down to the bottom of the article for the comment posted by Nikhil Pahwa (founder of Medianama), which is as instructive as the article itself. Excerpts from the piece:

“It really is a legal question. However, it will define how these rights will be viewed in this country. Especially now, considering that the battle (between content providers) is being fought across devices, especially on mobile. As broadband speeds improve, consumption of content will move to different devices. Lines are also blurring between broadband and broadcast. So while it is still early days, people are trying to establish boundaries. The judgement will define how certain fortunes change over the next 10 years,” said Jehil Thakkar, partner and head of media and entertainment practice, KPMG India. 

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TOI: How can facts be anybody’s property?

The Times of India has carried a very good article explaining the issue. Here are some interesting bits:

In short, the court’s order rested on two crucial pillars — that the public cannot be denied access to facts so casually, and that the very question of whether there are any exclusive rights here to be sold is extremely debatable. 

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An online petition to save the live scorecard

If you agree with the thoughts in this blog, please sign the online petition on avaaz.org. We might be able to generate enough noise with it to show the courts how much the live scorecard matters to us.

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“BCCI doesn’t own the game”

“Nobody owns the game. The BCCI presumes it does, but it doesn’t. To the best of my knowledge the BCCI is a non-profit organization, which was given the mandate to run the game in the interest of the public — not to gift-wrap it and sell it to the Wal-Marts of the world. There has to be some limit to their greed. They sell the rights, and then bombard the broadcast with ads. All of which the fans tolerate. But to deny them updates on one ball or a run is a bit much.” – Prem Panicker, managing editor at Yahoo India.

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