Regarding to a number of inquiries about the on-line transmission of the European Team Chess Championship we kindly inform that Polish Chess Federation, as the organizer of this tournament, is ready and open to cooperation with all those who understand that this cooperation must be mutually beneficial.
Currently, the transmission is available on our website and we cooperate with the German Chess Federation and the company ChessBase.
Everyone else who transmit ETCC on-line do it without the agreement with the organizer.
On behalf of PCF,
November 10th, 2013
To Chess Organizers, Chess Media, Chess Activists, Players, and Fans
It has been discovered and put to our attention that certain chess portals and internet chess services providers are transmitting games of ECU European Team Chess Championship without the agreement with the organizer. This is being done by breaking into the transmission files and illegally copying the data from live broadcast. Such actions are against the law, and against the ECU policy unanimously adopted by General Assembly of ECU during the meeting in Porto Carras in 2011.
It is widely recognized that chess games cannot be copyrighted, but the live transmission of games is under the copyright. Similarly, it is not under the copyright how football players score goals, but television broadcast of their games is under the copyright. This approach has been acknowledged and approved by all delegates of ECU members in 2011.
Chess viewing has almost completely moved to the internet. It is in the interests of chess organizers, chess players, and also chess fans that the chess world is properly financed. This cannot be done without the ability to commercialize chess events and show value to chess sponsors. Stealing chess broadcasts destroys that value. Therefore, ECU reserves the rights to pursue legal actions against trespassers on ECU events.
Some chess organizers may prefer to give broadcasting right for free, perhaps in exchange for some promotional services, while others may opt for nominal contribution to costs. Either way, it has to be done according to the law and ECU members will, in agreement with the organizer.
It has to be recognized that certain reputable chess services providers are currently broadcasting ETCC games in co-operation with the organizer. This is highly commendable as helping development of chess.
This letter has a full support of ECU President, Mr. Silvio Danailov.