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EU says betting firms can use sport listings
Tue 9 November, 2004 10:33
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Two bodies have lost their bid to stop betting firms, including William Hill, from using their sports schedules after a top European court ruled that such use does not violate EU database rules.
The British Horseracing Board, which gives details of race meets, and Fixtures Marketing, a company used by the Scottish and English football leagues to issue licenses abroad for the use of match listings, had sought to stop betting firms using their data.
The British Horseracing Board took a case against bookmaker William Hill WMH.L , the country's second biggest betting shop chain, over its use of horse racing data.
The European Court of Justice said on Tuesday that William Hill only used small parts of the British Horseracing Board's data and the collection of fixtures had not cost the Board a lot of money.
Fixtures Marketing filed a similar case against Oy Veikkaus, Svenska Spel and Organismos Prognostikon Agonon Pododfairou OPAU.L which organise pools betting in Finland, Sweden and Greece, respectively.
Even though the three companies had not paid Fixtures Marketing for a license to use the football match listings, the Luxembourg-based court raised doubts over whether a football fixture list could be defined as a database.
It said professional leagues did not have to make a major investment to compile the information.
"Neither the obtaining, verification nor presentation of the contents of a football fixture list or a schedule of horse races constitute substantial investment giving rise to protection against the use of the data by third parties," the European Union court said in a statement.