CIDU’s Pre-Game Special

Cidu Bill on Feb 3rd 2013

(Since the first and third items already have discussions in progress, please use the area below only for comments about the New Yorker piece)

Follow-up to the Super Bowl/Big Game issue: The NFL offers guidelines for “legal” Super Bowl parties

Filed in Bill Bickel, CJA, Coca Cola, Star Spangled Banner, Super Bowl, comics, humor, trademarks | 6 responses so far

6 Responses to “CIDU’s Pre-Game Special”

  1. Mark M Feb 3rd 2013 at 01:16 pm 1

    I believe it was Albert Brooks who did a stand-up act some 40 years ago that agreed with the author of the New Yorker piece. He pretended to hold auditions for a new National Anthem that were rejected one-by-one. The only one I can remember is set to the same tune and started “As we stand here waiting for the ballgame to start, let’s give thanks…”.

  2. chuckers Feb 3rd 2013 at 04:33 pm 2

    Yes! That New Yorker article contained my favourite word: “callipygian” And it used it in a totally appropriate (and amusing) manner!

  3. Cidu Bill Feb 3rd 2013 at 05:09 pm 3

    Is “callipygian” even capable of being used in a non-amusing manner?

  4. Mark in Boston Feb 3rd 2013 at 09:54 pm 4

    I’ve got a recording of that Albert Brooks piece and it is brilliant. (Albert Brooks can sing and he can play the piano.) “I’m Lee, and these are the Anthemites …” (a bunch of kid singers). “I like the U S A - hey hey, I like the U S A. It’s better than Russia, it’s better than China…”

  5. James Pollock Feb 4th 2013 at 01:46 pm 5

    The “viewing party” guidelines are interesting in phrasing, as they describe conditions that do not actually infringe the NFL’s rights, but state it as “the NFL will not complain”.

    Specifically, gatherings of people watching the game in a noncommercial setting would fall under fair use of copyrighted material. There is well-established law regarding the use of broadcast material in a business environment (can you be sued for copyright infringement because there’s a radio playing copyrighted material audible? No… unless you charge an admission price specifically to hear the broadcast.)
    As for calling your party a Super Bowl party, this is covered by trademark fair use. It’s legal to use someone’s trademark to accurately describe a product, so long as you don’t suggest an endorsement that doesn’t exist.

  6. Mark in Boston Feb 4th 2013 at 07:53 pm 6

    Yes, you CAN be sued for playing copyrighted material in a business environment. Background music is a service that you must pay for. If you wish, the Muzak corporation is one of many companies that will provide the equipment for you and handle payment of all rights.

    There are certain rules of thumb. Radios on display for sale in an appliance store or antique store are allowed to do their thing for no charge. An office worker can put a radio on his desk and listen to it. But if there is a built-in installation with a central radio and multiple speakers, it’s considered to be for the entertainment of guests or to improve the productivity of workers or for some similar business reason, and you must get licences from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.

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