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Tuesday, May 18, 2004
 

ESPN Sued Over Score Data: ESPN has been sued by Sportsnetwork.com for "stealing" real-time minor league baseball scores and data. ESPN has denied misappropriating real-time data and using automated searches, saying it only performs manual searches of the site to update its own box scores at the end of innings and the end of games. Sportsnetwork.com appears to have a better case than in NBA v. Motorola, because ESPN is a direct competitor and ESPN's use reduces the incentives for Sportsnetwork to gather the data. In addition, there appears to be a breach of contract claim because the site prevents users from reselling the data.





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