Party On, with a Few Precautions
The 2007 incident received a great deal of attention from the media and lawmakers. As a result, the NFL clarified its stance and granted churches permission to show the game as long as they follow a few specific guidelines. The guidelines that hold true today include:
- The game must be shown on equipment your church regularly uses, in a space the church owns. If your church owns a big screen and sound equipment that it uses for Sunday worship services, the game can be shown using this equipment. Renting space to watch the game is not allowed, even if your church rents space for regular worship services.
- Your church cannot charge admission for your party. However, you may accept donations to defray the cost of food and other supplies.
- To eliminate the risk of copyright infringement, your church should avoid using the logos of the NFL, the Super Bowl, and the participating teams. Referring to the NFL, the Super Bowl, or the teams by name is permissible.
Read more about the agreed-upon guidelines for churches.
Brush Up on Copyright Basics
Whether or not your church is hosting a game day celebration, sporting events like the Super Bowl provide a timely opportunity to brush up on copyright basics. For ministry-specific copyright information, be sure to check out the following resources here on BrotherhoodMutual.com:
Complying with Copyright Laws
Copyright Laws and Fair Use
Online and In Print: What Your Ministry May Not Know about Copyright Law
Complying with Copyright Law