February 10, 2008
Specter Introduces Bill Concerning Copyright Exception for Nonprofit Churches and Other Religious Organizations to Show Super Bowl Game
On February 4, 2008, Senator Arlen Specter introduced legislation, Senate Bill 2591, that would provide an exemption for churches and other religious organizations from copyright laws that currently prevent religious entities from showing the Super Bowl Game for free on large screen televisions. Here is an excerpt from the Congressional Record, 154 Cong Rec S 602, of Senator Specter's statement in support of the new legislation:
Mr. President, I rise to introduce legislation which would modify the limitations on churches showing the Super Bowl under the NFL copyright franchise. Churches across the country were notified by the NFL not to show the Super Bowl on a big screen because it infringed their copyright. There is an exception under the copyright laws for bars. It is anomalous that you can go to a bar and see the Super Bowl, but you cannot go to a church for a social gathering and do the same. This legislation will correct that.
The bill is Senate Bill No. 2591, introduced in the 110th Congress. The full text of Specter's statement is available on Lexis.
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