RGG FAQ Part 9 Section 1
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Much information (and misinformation) on this subject has appeared in rec.games.go. In general, the editing, collection or compilation of written material (including game records) and all game comments are subject to copyright protection in countries which have adopted international copyright conventions. Additional laws (not related to copyright) may also apply.
If you are considering some project using someone else's efforts, obviously the safest approach (both for legality and social harmony) is to ask for permission.
If you particularly want NOT to ask permission as your legal "right", then you should consider consulting a qualified attorney regarding all laws that might apply (including copyright laws and noncopyright laws).
In any case, please take care to avoid insulting any institutional sponsors of Go.
Please remember that other kinds of laws also may apply.