HEARD AT THE BAR: MLB, Nudie Site Strike Out with Supremes

The Supreme Court took a lot of the fun out of the high court's fall session June 2 by refusing to hear cases involving Major League Baseball and the nudie model site, Perfect 10. There goes any chance of MLB commish Bud Selig anxiously sitting next to a nude model in the high chamber.

MLB, it seems, thinks it owns baseball statistics and has moved aggressively to browbeat license rights and fees from fantasy sites that use the stats for their games. A fantasy game outfit named C.B.C. Distribution and Marketing sued MLB in 2005 over the issue.

Strike one: District Court tells MLB to take a hike. Strike two: Appeals court scoffs at the notion. Strike three: Supreme Court says Lords of the Realm should take their appeal and go home.

And speaking of fantasy stuff, the Supremes also rejected Perfect 10's appeal that credit card companies are enabling piracy by accepting payments from sites stealing photos from Perfect 10. If you think music piracy rates are high, just imagine the traffic in nude photos. Who are you going to sue: the WeGotNudePhotos site in some former Soviet state?

Perfect 10 targeted credit card companies and lost every step of the way, including the Supreme's June 2 rejection.

According to Wikipedia, the evidence alone would be worth hearing the appeal. The hardworking nude photo researchers there claim Perfect 10 features "photographs of topless or nude women who have not had cosmetic surgery, and focused in particular on slender models with piercing eyes and medium to large, youthful breasts in pensive or artistic poses." (We're not sure if they are talking about the models or their breasts in artful poses, but you get the picture.)

Perfect 10 can, however, take some solace from its Supreme Court loss. Whatever the site is losing to piracy, it probably is more than making up for it with its latest venture: nude model boxing.