NFL Orders YouTube to Remove Copy of Its Own Copyright Notice
Posted Feb 16th 2007 10:10AM by David J. Warner
How far did the NFL go in ordering YouTube to remove clips of its broadcasts? Apparently, the NFL's own copyright notice is protected by copyright.
According to the good folks at Boing Boing, a Brooklyn Law School professor named Wendy Seltzer posted a clip of the NFL's copyright notice -- you know, the one that says, "Any rebroadcast, retransmission or other use of this telecast without the written consent of the National Football League is prohibited -- on YouTube on February 8. The copyright notice was all that was included in the video clip. Her intent was to show her students "how far copyright claimants exaggerate their rights."
Obviously, the NFL wasn't exaggerating. Five days after posting that clip, the NFL sent YouTube a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice, ordering the clip off their site. Apparently, the whole Fair Use thing -- you know, the part of the law that says use of a copyrighted clip "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright" -- doesn't fly with Roger Goodell.
So let that be a lesson to you, you dirty pirates. You have no right to copy the NFL's copyright notice. If it's in the broadcast, don't do anything but sit there and watch it and like it. Yeah.