Concerning the Copyright Claims of the NFL

I found it interesting to know that even the NFL is strict when it comes to copy right. They have requested twitter to remove material that they felt were in violation of their fair use policies. As a result Twitter had to temporarily suspend Gawker Media’s sport site: Deadspin.

Vox Media’s SB Nation accounts were also suspended for tweeting GIFs of college football games. I found that really interesting too, you might figure it is okay to use those since it is just college football.

I had no clue that the NFL was that strict when it came to fair use and copyright. It is understandable however, since tweeters sometimes go to far with their remixes. In other words I agree with the NFL for not allowing their fans to illegally use more than they should in their remix tweets and other material related to the teams and their players.

After all that is one way in which sports teams make their profits by being able to sell certain publications or media to those paying for it, so someone just grabbing a few images illegally and putting it there via a simple tweet without permission from the NFL may make it harder for the teams to make a profit or even maintain the teams’ image in a way they would be of benefit.

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  1. Would you consider the work by SB Nation and Deadspin journalism? If so, are not journalists allowed to use a limited amount of media as part of their reporting? As well why is Twitter being singled out as a space in which these sites cannot publish GIFs? They certain do on their websites.

    And why is not fair use? Here’s the actual text from copyright law’s section on fair use:

    The fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

    • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
    • the nature of the copyrighted work;
    • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
    • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

    The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

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