The Law Regarding Super Bowl Events
Posted on April 7, 2008
Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Arlen Specter (D-PA) brandished enough political ire to elicit a favorable response on February 19th from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that will now allow churches to legally host Super Bowl events.
In a letter to Senator Hatch dated Tuesday, Goodell said that the NFL would not object to "live showings – regardless of screen size – of the Super Bowl" by religious organizations (as long as admission is not charged and the showings are on premises that the church uses on a "routine and customary" basis), according to The Washington Post.
Sen. Specter had introduced a bill (S2591) February 4 proposing to amend chapter 1 of title 17, United States Code, to provide an exemption from exclusive rights in copyright for certain nonprofit organizations to display live football games, and "for other purposes."
It took only 13 months—this is “lightning speed” in the world of copyright deliberations—to render a positive solution. Here’s the stat sheet on how things unraveled. Just prior to the 2007 Super Bowl, the NFL intercepted an Indiana congregation's plans to host a Super Bowl party February 4th, leading many churches nationwide to abruptly drop their Super Bowl events and tackle the issue of potential copyright infringements. (See the Copyright Queen Blog article on 1/25/08 at http://www.churchca.com/dn2/pt/blog/default.aspx?id=7&t=NFL-Intercepts-Church-Plans-for-Super-Bo.
NFL officials spotted a promotion of Fall Creek Baptist Church's "Super Bowl Bash" on the church Web site last week and overnighted a letter to the pastor demanding the party be canceled. Pastor John D. Newland said his church would not break the law.
- Deconstructing Licenses: Sound Recording Master
- COPYRIGHTS 101: Basic Building Blocks for Understanding Copyrights
- Deconstructing Licenses: Mechanicals for Recording Songs
- Is Watching The New Listening?
- Don't Be Tackled By SuperBowl Party Penalties!
- Every Church Needs a Copyright Cop
- Copyright Board Freezes Mechanical Royalty Rate
- Youth Ministries Know No Fences
- Top 100 Easter Worship Songs for 2015
- Top Easter Worship Songs For 2017
- Top 50 Easter Worship Songs For 2014
- Top 40 Worship Songs On The Cross For Good Friday 2017
- Top 60 Worship Songs On The Cross For 2015
- Top 25 Worship Songs on the Holy Spirit for Pentecost 2015
- Top 40 Worship Songs For The Season Of Lent
- The Top 100 Songs About The Cross For Easter 2016