Organizers of Mtel Masters have accused some of the playing websites for piracy.
(Sofia, May 13, 2006) Pirates broadcast the super chess tournament M-Tel Masters in internet. The biggest game server in the world ICC (www.chessclub.com) announces the live broadcast of the moves from the games in the tournament. The transmission is being done by using signal from the official web site of M-Tel Masters 2006 – www.mtelmasters06.com, which is violation of the copyrights of the organizes of the competition.
According to the copyright laws the access to the games on the tournament web site is free only after the end of each game when the files with the moves can be downloaded by any internet user.
WorldChessNetwork was doing the same transmission and I guess PlayChess used the official website as well. Are they trying to copyright chess moves? If you review the "regulations" and "press" sections, there is no statement of copyright.
These are the words of an experienced lawyer: "If the moves are broadcast, and if the moves are then taken by a third party independently of the written material or commentary, there is no copyright violation. Chess moves, are by their nature, incapable of being copyrighted."