Friday Sept 5, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- CBS Interactive has filed a federal lawsuit
in Minneapolis to clarify who can use the statistics that underlie
fantasy football leagues. The lawsuit filed earlier this week claims the NFL Players Association has threatened to sue the company if it does not pay licensing fees for the statistics.
CBS seeks a ruling saying that the players cannot control use of
the publicly available numbers and cannot demand that CBS pay for
their use. A call to the attorney for the players association was not
immediately returned Friday.
In a case involving a Missouri-based company's fantasy baseball
games, Major League Baseball players argued they should be paid for
the commercial use of their names. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in St. Louis ruled against them earlier this year.
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