On the issue of MLB owning their statistics...
I thought of another example in the car today.
Let's say that I set up a website that monitors the number of bad words in a movie. I divide this number by the number of minutes of the film, and I create what I call an "F.U. average."
Should the movie creators have a right to control and license this information?
I say no.
These are facts that are not concomitant (hey, this should be used in our next podcast) with the film. The words are said in the film. They are, of course, in the script.
But, they are general facts that do not interfere with the movie company's ability to profit from the making of the film. These are just stats that make a film, to some, more interesting.
Is this a stretched analogy? What do you think?