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Posted on February 6, 2008 in compulsory license, congress, copyright act, nfl by Riana PfefferkornComments Off

God bless America: The day after the Super Bowl, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) introduced a bill, S. 2591, that would create an exemption from the Copyright Act to allow churches to broadcast the Super Bowl and other professional football games without having to worry about the NFL coming after them for infringement — so long as the broadcast is live and the church does not charge a fee to view the game. Soon Americans may have the right to watch a live football game in a house of worship, just as the Lord wanted us to.

The full text of the bill can be found on THOMAS by entering S. 2591 into the search box and selecting the “Bill Number” option. (If you read the bill and are wondering what an “entity defined under section 3121(w)(3)(A) or (B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986” is, as that link there will show you, it means “churches,” and only churches. Add an Establishment Clause analysis to the Art. I, § 8, cl. 8 and 5th Amendment takings clause analyses that I’m sure are boiling up in your brain.)