Sport’s Illustrated has an article about the NFL prohibiting a church in Indianapolis from showing the Super Bowl. Initially, the church agreed to not charge and drop the trademarked term, “Super Bowl”, but the NFL still refused. According to the article,
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.
I guess that makes those of us with TVs greater than 55″ copyright violators. Give me a break! My personal watching falls under fair use no matter what size TV I have, and the copyright statement always says it’s for “the private, noncomercial, use of our audience”.
Apparently, gathering too many people together in one place messes up the ratings and negatively affects the broadcaster’s ability to collect advertising money. Obviously, this system is a bit broken if these types of events aren’t factored into ratings. Everyone knows these things go on (church get together for the big game, individual large party, etc.)