View Full Version : Are Historical Sports Roster Lists Copyrightable by Team?

08-11-2009, 01:26 PM
For a planned Blog Post, I plan to list all players who played a specific position on a team for 50 years. The Source which is a pro team has a complete list of players listed in alphabetical order that also lists their position and years they played with the team.All of these players names are a matter of public historical record.

Of the say 1,000 players listed, I plan to say list aprox 50 players who all played the same position by name, and years they played.

I am not violating any copyright correct because technically you can't copyright a listing of historical public names of players and my list basically is resorting their data for a much smaller different list. Or do you disagree legally? I do not care if you ethically disagree but legally! And no I will not give the source a credit because its public record that you can find online in numerous sites.

08-11-2009, 06:03 PM
A pure list, without any annotation or commentary, cannot be copyrighted.

08-12-2009, 08:29 AM
Thanks for the info. I don't know why these team write copyright when its not copyrightable