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Free The Fixtures Campaign

Free The Fixtures Campaign

A new group have set up to protest at 3rd parties such as independent websites having to pay for the publication of fixture lists.

All newspapers, sites etc have to pay the fee and 'free the fixtures campaign' question why us fans should have to pay for the 'privilege' of advertising (which is what fixtures basically are) the fixtures for the games we all pay our hard earnt money to go and watch. Vital Football have had to take the stance that we won't publish fixtures due to the costs involved and most independent sites take the same position. For us to do it across the network we would be looking at a fee in the region of £13 000 + VAT, something that just isn't economically viable!

So, if you have an interest, these are the details of the campaign set up. This isn't run by anyone involved with Vital Football but I think like most football fans, we echo the sentiment, we should be able to publish the fixtures as the fans are what makes this game and without us it would collapse.

Free the fixtures campaign:

www.freethefixtures.com

On Thursday 14th June the fixtures for the 2007/08 football season were published. However most fan run websites will not be displaying them....

Football DataCo Ltd is a British company that grants licenses to third parties allowing them to reproduce certain intellectual property such as fixture lists and statistics. Football DataCo is wholly owned by FA Premier League and The Football League. The standard fee for the reproduction of a single team`s fixture list currently stands at £266 plus VAT.

This fee is charged to all 3rd parties including independently owned football fan sites and fanzines. Numerous fan sites have been closed as a result of legal action initiated by Football DataCo Ltd.

We the fans should be free to publish our teams fixtures on our sites.

Please sign the petition and we will present it to the people that are responsible for charging the fans to publish THEIR fixtures!

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Monday June 18 2007
Time: 2:58PM

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This is something that we HAVE to sign guys, so GET signing now!!!
Hughes Da Man
18/06/2007 15:56:00
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Wow, I never knew the cost involved in simply giving people information that is already in the public domain. That is crazy! Maybe, and I say maybe as I have not had my morning cuppa. That perhaps they are trying to keep some sort of control on this so as to not have miss-information on places like the t'internet. Imagine hundreds of sites having the forthcoming fixtures but with some not updated when changes happen (and there are plenty of reasons games move). Restricting it to those sites that have constant monitoring/updating like the Beeb or SKY does mean that the info is reliable and accurate! I am not saying this site is not well run, but some probably are not…also I like being devils advocate so you may be see me argue a lot!
sharkgravy
18/06/2007 15:59:00
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It could be that dude, but this publication would have only been for the originally scheduled fixtures (when released last week.) I think it is more likely to be a fact the fat cat's behind such ideas are a greedy *****ers!!!
Hughes Da Man
18/06/2007 16:03:00
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I was dumbfounded to learn of this and cannot fathom why this is allowed. Is it not a form of monopoly, ie the owners can charge as much as they wish because they have the sole distribution rights?!?!? Surely that would not allow it. I can't understand why you wold be forced to pay to right two teams names next to each other on a particular date!
roversman
18/06/2007 16:26:00
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It's ALL wrong isn't it dude. Being able to publish a list of fixtures isn't asking too much is it?!?! This just shows how "money mad" the world of football has gone, and worrying might yet still go further!!!
Hughes Da Man
18/06/2007 16:30:00
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Just think you are probably saving a wad of cash - as the fixture list changes pretty much every week. Its not worth dishing out on something thats lose value so quickly! Unless you are going to pay for the right to dispay fixtures all year and change them and update them every so often you may as well just log on to somewhere else and use the money elsewhere.
sharkgravy
18/06/2007 16:36:00
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I would NEVER pay to publish fixtures, they'll be left off rather than being paid for. Just the fact that you HAVE to pay in the first place is what I object to.
Hughes Da Man
18/06/2007 16:51:00
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This is a ridiculous rule... why was it in place in the first place?? Get it signed, I have.
MikeyGamst
18/06/2007 17:01:00
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Amen to that brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dicksy
18/06/2007 17:45:00
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i hope the rule changes, its just another excuse to extract money
letsalldothesamba
18/06/2007 18:19:00
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