Written by IainB

Thursday, 21 April 2011

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That'll be £300 please

A new Facebook group has been set up and is gaining momentum as ordinary people are rebelling against the draconian nature of the company behind the football fixtures.

"Have you read the terms and conditions for the fixture list? It's under the list on the BBC if you want to," asked group organiser Tony Ankle. "They go on about not allowing people to store them, electronically or even photocopy them! It's draconian, it is. I've been photocopying fixture lists for years and sticking them up in my bedroom."

Data4Football, the Football Data Company responsible for producing the fixture lists charge up to ten thousand pound to reproduce their fixture lists, and chase hard any website or publication that displays them without permission.

"We're not monsters," said spokesperson, Frank Enstein. "For lower traffic websites, we'll charge only a thousand pounds a season. It takes a lot of work to do the fixtures, such as ensuing local rivals alternate home and away with each other. We need recompensing."

Ankle is not impressed by their pleas of poverty. "They get over ten million from the leagues, plus they do the same job for leagues around the world. This company rake it in, then have the cheek to charge people to have a copy of it. This information is in the public domain. Footie fans have a right to know when the next game is without paying the information! How can the company charge for something they've already made and sold to somebody else!."

According to the company's web site it is possible to request permission for copying the fixtures, at which point they will right back with a quote.

"Our Facebook group," said Ankle, "is going to all write to them with a couple of weeks of the season left and ask for permission. According to their charter they have to give every last one of us a quote. This isn't the only time we will do it, either. We're going to do this periodically throughout next season until they give over their money grabbing antics."

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