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Is your SuperBowl party infringing on the NFL's rights?

February 2, 2007

Albany-  The NFL is cracking down on groups who gather to watch the Super Bowl claiming it may infringe on their copyright.  The NFL recently confronted a Church in Indianapolis after seeing their Super Bowl Bash advertised in the paper.

The NFL initially objected to the church charging fans for snacks. When the church said they wouldn't charge, the network then objected to plans to use a wall projector to show the game claiming it would violate copyright laws.

"If you watch at the end of a game, very often or the end of an event, they'll say that rights to the NFL or maybe the SEC or maybe something like that and any rebroadcast of that would be illegal and so it's a financial matter and a matter of them trying to protect the profits that they think they own as a result of the game," said Tommy Coleman, Attorney. 

The NFL claims their copyright limits the church to one TV no bigger than 55 inches. Bars can legally show the game if they pay a license fee.  Sherwood Baptist Church had planned to host a Super Bowl Party for the church's youth but may rethink their plans to show it on a larger screen.

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