That said dept. In addition, two other steps you may want to take are (1) to review the league website for any conditions of use, and (2) research whether the league has brought suit for similar violations. Under U.S. law, if you must agree to terms and conditions prohibiting from downloading a database, you could be bound. Be sure, as you say, you don't have to agree to use the sites.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Wants to Reproduce Soccer Statistics
although this site provides the rules) so, we can only answer in regard to U.S. law. (The copyright laws in the U.S. and S.A. law are derived from the same sources and both countries belong to the Berne Convention.) We discussed most of the issues regarding the use of sports statistics in a previous entry and we stick by our belief that in the U.S., individual sports statistics are not protected by copyright law but compilations of data, if they are arranged in a unique manner -- for example, correlating the age of players with the number of successful spot-kicks -- are protectable. As for disclosing the source, we're not sure that's a good idea as it may tip off the league as to what you are doing -- something they may not otherwise be aware of.