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Did Obama Violate Copyright Law Watching the Super Bowl?

As noted in my post The Patent, Copyright, Trademark, and Trade Secret Horror Files, the article NFL Pulls Plug On Big-Screen Church Parties For Super BowlWashington Post (Feb. 1, 2008) notes that the NFL, using copyright, has prohibited churches from having Super Bowl gatherings on TV sets or screens larger than 55 inches. (And trademark is used to bully people from using “Super Bowl” in publicizing Super Bowl parties.)

Well in a series of beautiful photos profiling President Obama’s first term, one of them (below) shows O’Bama and a variety of cronies watching the game in the “family theater” of the White House. Wanna guess the screen is larger than 55″? Wanna guess no copyright charges have been filed?  And people say we live under the “Rule of law”, where the law applies to everyone equally. Ha.

Obama watching a movie

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wear 3-D glasses while watching the NFL’s Super Bowl XLIII game at a Super Bowl Party with family, friends, staff members and bipartisan members of the U.S. Congress, in the family theater of the White House, on February 1, 2009. (Reuters/Pete Souza/The White House.)


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