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Genius and SoftConstruct resolve data rights legal dispute

| By Robert Fletcher
Genius Sports has resolved its legal dispute with BetConstruct subsidiary SoftConstruct over data rights by reaching a joint settlement.
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Under the agreement, SoftConstruct will purchase a multi-year licence to supply data from Genius through both its BetConstruct and FeedConstruct channels.

The new licence also will acknowledge Genius’ ownership of database rights.

“Genius invests significant time, resource, and expertise in creating and developing market-leading technology and databases to collect and supply sports data products across the industry,” Genius Sports’ chief commercial officer Jack Davison said. 

“We are delighted that the SoftContruct team have recognised this value and we look forward to working in partnership with them as we move forward.”

SoftConstruct’s chief executive Armand Pinarbasi added: “This deal enables us to service our customers with the best data. We can now look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship in the years to come.”

Another Genius data resolution

The settlement comes after Genius and Football DataCo in October last year also reached a resolution with Sportradar, with the parties agreeing out of court that Sportradar will receive a sub-licence for English football data, but that it must stop unofficial scouting.

The sub-licence will grant access to a delayed secondary feed until 2024. At the same time, Sportradar will cease its unauthorised in-stadium data collection activities.

Genius has since expanded its official tracking data partnership with Football DataCo, which owns the data rights for football in Great Britain.

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