“The Big Game” Legal Issues

I believe that churches should be above reproach and follow the laws even if the laws seem a little crazy. One of the hardest places to do this is when it comes to copyright stuff. I was looking at a discussion of what the laws were about showing the Super Bowl (which is a trademark term so that you can’t use it on any advertisement). I found the applicable law and thought I would put it here just because it is crazy. These are the exceptions that allow you to show things in a public setting. There is lots more of this legal speak that can be found here. I especially like the stuff about no more than 1 TV per room and no more than 4 loudspeakers per room.

communication by an establishment of a transmission or retransmission embodying a performance or display of a nondramatic musical work intended to be received by the general public, originated by a radio or television broadcast station licensed as such by the Federal Communications Commission, or, if an audiovisual transmission, by a cable system or satellite carrier, if—

(i) in the case of an establishment other than a food service or drinking establishment, either the establishment in which the communication occurs has less than 2,000 gross square feet of space (excluding space used for customer parking and for no other purpose), or the establishment in which the communication occurs has 2,000 or more gross square feet of space (excluding space used for customer parking and for no other purpose) and—

(I) if the performance is by audio means only, the performance is communicated by means of a total of not more than 6 loudspeakers, of which not more than 4 loudspeakers are located in any 1 room or adjoining outdoor space; or

(II) if the performance or display is by audiovisual means, any visual portion of the performance or display is communicated by means of a total of not more than 4 audiovisual devices, of which not more than 1 audiovisual device is located in any 1 room, and no such audiovisual device has a diagonal screen size greater than 55 inches, and any audio portion of the performance or display is communicated by means of a total of not more than 6 loudspeakers, of which not more than 4 loudspeakers are located in any 1 room or adjoining outdoor space;

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