World Chess Championship officials sue to stop pirating of match
By Laila Kearney
Nov 7, 2016, 5:02 PM
Organizers of the World Chess Championship sued on Monday to block a trio of website operators from broadcasting chess moves at the Nov. 11-30 match in New York, which is expected to draw millions of online viewers.
The lawsuit, filed by World Chess U.S. Inc and World Chess Events Ltd in Manhattan federal court, seeks to limit the operators from transmitting the moves from the 12-game contest between world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia.
Instead, the tournament organizers want to protect their exclusive rights to news of the moves, and air the event run under the auspices of the International Chess Federation, or FIDE.
“These entities expend no time, effort, or money of their own in organizing, producing, or hosting the chess events for the World Championship and instead reap economic benefit from free-riding on the work and effort of World Chess,” the lawsuit said.
The defendants, Chessgames Services LLC, E-Learning Ltd and Logical Thinking Ltd, were not immediately reachable for comment.
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