In NBA vs. Motorola where Motorola did not infringe NBA's copyright by publishing scores of games. However, I am wondering if published scores are copyrightable.

For instance, the result "Bulls 99-89 Lakers" itself may not be copyrightable (since it's a fact), but what if it is published on the NBA website? If I want to use the score that is published on the NBA website (without reaching an agreement with NBA), would I infringe NBA's copyright in that case?

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The fact is not copyright: the method of presentation (font, colour, logos etc.) is.

  • Additionally, some jurisdictions have database rights. Copying one result may not infringe copyright, but copying a whole database of results may.
    – Pere
    Oct 15, 2023 at 19:48

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