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IPL 2016: No live scorecards, ball-by-ball coverage without license, IPL tells app developers

In a legal notice to application developers, "Copyright Integrity International", an entity which represents BCCI-IPL, has warned application developers against showcasing what it calls "Proprietary content" in their apps. Proprietary content, according to the notice, includes match related content such as scorecards, schedules, commentary and audio-visual footage. Live content, which isn't covered by copyright (since no one can own "facts"), is legally referred to as Hot News, and companies try and claim exclusive rights to it for the period for which it is relevant/hot. In this instance, BCCI-IPL and STAR (via Novi Digital), are trying to restrict the usage of some content up until 15 minutes after the occurrence of the event. The Hot News case (read our comprehensive coverage here) has been in a limbo at the Supreme Court of India for a while now. Parties in that case include Cricbuzz (now owned by Times Internet*, Idea Cellular and Onmobile Global). Also read: What Star India’s acquisition of IPL 2015 digital rights mean for Cricket online MediaNama readers might remember that Novi Digital, a subsidiary of Star India Private Ltd, had picked up rights to the Indian Premier League (IPL) Cricket tournament for 2015, 2016 and 2017, for India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, for an undisclosed amount. The IPL began a couple of days ago, and will continue till the 24th of May, 2016. The notice, which is copied below, is dated 7th April, 2016. Most of the notice is a copy-paste of a similar notice sent two years ago, for…

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