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Keep it under 55 inches please...
« on: February 02, 2007, 01:43:03 PM »

Be careful where you show the Superbowl "Championship Football Game."

NFL won't let church show game
http://sportsillustrated.....html?eref=rss_topstories
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But the NFL objected to the church's plans to use a projector to show the game, saying the law limits it to one TV no bigger than 55 inches.

Sorry, churches, the party's over
http://www.indystar.com/a.../20070202/LOCAL/702020470

NFL Wants To Remind You That Having People Over To Watch The Super Bowl On A Big Screen Is Copyright Infringement
http://techdirt.com/articles/20070201/140812.shtml
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Re: Keep it under 55 inches please...
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2007, 01:46:54 PM »

I thought this was another rhinosauras penis post.

The policy is absolutely absurd.  They might as well shut down every sports bar in America.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2007, 01:58:16 PM »

The sports bars have licenses to show the games.

Just sayin'.
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2007, 02:03:31 PM »

The sports bars have licenses to show the games.

Just sayin'.

Yeah, makes sense.  Still absurd though.  What's the difference (to the NFL) between 500 people watching the game in 100 homes vs. all in one location?  Tough titty to them if a bar or church sells a few $K worth of drinks, food or bingo sheets while the game is on.

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Re: Keep it under 55 inches please...
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2007, 02:07:56 PM »

Fumbled punt, right there.
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2007, 02:34:29 PM »

The churches could have the parties if they didn't charge more than enough to cover costs of displaying the game:

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The secondary transmission of a performance or display of a work embodied in a primary transmission is not an infringement of copyright if

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(5) the secondary transmission is not made by a cable system but is made by a governmental body, or other nonprofit organization, without any purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage, and without charge to the recipients of the secondary transmission other than assessments necessary to defray the actual and reasonable costs of maintaining and operating the secondary transmission service.

One of the few times that making money matters to copyright infringement.
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2007, 02:38:01 PM »

For what little it's further worth, huge copyright holders like the NFL ofttimes are forced to assert copyright in seemingly stupid instances (or perhaps it's just that the seemingly stupid ones are the only ones to get any press).  Failure or intentional non-assertion of rights is a defense that subsequent infringers can raise.

I've been on both ends of that one.  It can be effective, if the copyright holder isn't diligent.  And the law won't distinguish between a church this time and a flagrant ripoff artists next time.

Kind of the same as allowing your neighbors for years to cut through your yard to get to the shopping center nearby, then complaining when people a street over start cutting through as well.
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2007, 11:15:22 PM »

Guess I've been to many violations in the past and probably will in the future -- nothing like going to a Souper Bowl.
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2007, 06:13:34 PM »

if you want to make $ showing the game, you gotta pay the nifful
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