The German chess site „ChessBаse” was forced to cease the live broadcasting of the games of the match between World Cup candidates Veselin Topalov and Gata Kamsky. Without permission from the Bulgarian Chess Federation (BCF) the Germans broadcast the first four games on the global network in spite of the warning published to that effect by the organizers on the official site of the match wccc2009.com.
To make this a little confusing, the Bulgarians took aim only at Chessbase without, apparently, being too bothered by ICC's or ChessDom's "rebroadcast" of the same event. Maybe we can assume some sort of side deal. Anyway, that detail aside, this latest discussion is interesting at least because it touches upon the rights of organisers. Let's look at this from their point of view.
If they're spending thousands of dollars to make the whole thing happen, presumably with sponsorship partners on board who themselves have injected funds into the event - then aren't the organisers entitled to a certain exclusivity for eyeballs? I think so.
To my mind, broadcasting an event as it happens is an entirely different thing to copyrighting games. It seems to me that the Bulgarians are merely asserting their right(s) to the former, not the latter.