Sen. Arlen Specter has proposed copyright leglislation in the United States in an attempt to provide an exemption for places of worship to broadcast NFL games. Bars and restaurants currently have this exemption, but the NFL has been busy sending nastygrams to churches using big screen televisions.
Patry thinks the legislation is unnecessary and problematic. I agree. It’s a total bandange solution, a patch on top of a broken and abused system. Real progress in amending copyright laws would make this sort of thing – a non-commercial gathering that puts more eyeballs on the NFL’s games and ads, which are already being publicly broadcast – unquestionably legal.
In what possible way could this sort of gathering hurt the NFL? Why does the NFL have the ability to control this in the first place? What a ridiculous world…