A Serious Problem with MonRoi and the US Championship
On Apr 10, 7:42 am, "samsloan" wrote:
Joe Lux has uncovered a serious problem with Monroi. If he did not
discover it, he is the first to report it.
It seems that two newspapers have refused to publish game scores that
first appeared on the Monroi website, because MonRoi is claiming a
copyright on the games.
It is well established that scores of a chess game cannot be
copyrighted. However, the USCF is in no position to go to court and
fight a courtcase over this.
MonRoi is listed as a co-sponsor of the US Championship. The current
rules REQUIRE the use of MonRoi at the US Championship.
However, we expect the games of the US Championship to have widspread
media publicity. If MonRoi asserts a copyright claim, even an invalid
claim, that will slow down or hault the publicity we expect to gain
from the US Championship.
I see no choice in the matter: We must tell MonRoi to stop asserting
any claim to copyright of any scores of chess games. Failing that, we
must BAN the use of MonRoi in any chess tournament, including the US
The complete posting by Joe Lux follows:
ost:39039 Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:27 am Post subject: Monroi
and the US Championship
While "campaigning" in New England this weekend, some interesting
developments have occured with serious ramifications for the chess
community as a whole.
Stephen Dann has written a chess column for the Worcester Telegram and
Gazette for over 30 years. Two weeks ago, he submitted a column that
included a game sco Curdo-Rizzitano. The newspaper refused to
include the gamescore. It was included on the Monroi website. It seems
if you register to use the site, you have agreed to recognize Monroi's
copyright on game scores.
A week ago, Harold Dondis had the same problem at the Boston Globe,
where he has written a column for 50 years.
Both papers are own by the NY Times. I called Dylan McClain this
morning. He has discussed that matter already with NYT corporate
lawyers, and is trying to reach Bill Hall.
I called Glenn Petersen, who probably has the most practical
experience on publishing games and copyright laws in the chess
community. He says there had been court cases where unannotated games
are free from copyright laws, but that now with the internet, new
rulings might be required.
Monroi will be recording all the games from the US Championship. Will
they now hold hostage the distribution of these games around the
This is the type of issue that USCF must address. How does this effect
Chess Life, and every other publication of chess? Is this what we can
expect from endorsing the Monroi machine? I hope we don't need to find
a chess attorney who can do pro bono work to stop Monroi, but we have
to be prepared for that possibility. Maybe Monroi can be encouraged to
change its policy before it goes that far.
Does anyone know about other chess journalists that have been effected
Chessically yours, Joe Lux
It's a stupid claim. It would be like saying that a Royal Typewriters
held the copyrights to every box score in baseball they were used to
record. It's a marketing ploy by MonRoi ,if it is true, and nothing
more. Even a cheap, bad attorney coould win this case. I don't know
whay a newspaper wouldn't print the games. Has anyone published the
games anywhere that has been recorded bu MonRoi? I suspect they have
and nothing came of it.