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'A spectacle cannot be owned': A history of the uneasy relationship between copyright and sport in Australia

Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal
Volume 8 Issue 1 (2013)

Abstract: The relationship between copyright and sport has attracted much media and legal attention in the 2012 to 2013 period, with changes in the reporting of control and access to sports content. Limited Olympic coverage; reported arguments during the re-negotiation of television, radio, online and mobile broadcasting arrangements; and the Singtel Optus v National Rugby League Investments litigation have highlighted for the Australian public the complex and expensive difficulties that arise in the interaction between copyright law and sport. However, this article illustrates that this is not a modern phenomenon: copyright and sport in Australia have always had an 'uneasy' relationship, with sporting organisations regularly demanding more from copyright law than that area was willing to provide. Through an exploration of case law, archival materials and government reports, this article considers two examples - copyright in sports information and compilations, and copyright in sporting events - in a historical context. This examination demonstrates that, despite this tension, copyright and sport have always had a symbiotic relationship and each has had an impact on the development of the other in Australia.

To cite this article: Bond, Catherine. 'A spectacle cannot be owned': A history of the uneasy relationship between copyright and sport in Australia [online]. Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2013: 1-19. Availability: <https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=899740099284908;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1833-8852. [cited 17 Jan 19].

Personal Author: Bond, Catherine; Source: Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2013: 1-19 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1833-8852 Subject: Copyright; Sports--Evaluation; Mass media--Social aspects; Sports administration--Moral and ethical aspects; Affiliation: (1) Senior Lecturer, School of Law, UNSW

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection