NFL Stretches Copyright Reach To GIFs On Twitter
The NFL is a multibillion-dollar enterprise, but it didn't get that way by being lenient about who can use its content.By Jamal Andress | October 13, 2015
You've heard it a million times: "This telecast is copyrighted by the NFL for the private use of our audience. Any other use of this telecast or of any pictures, descriptions or accounts of the game without the NFL's consent is prohibited."
The NFL is a multibillion-dollar enterprise, but it didn't get that way by being lenient about who can use its content.
On Monday, Twitter accounts for Deadspin and SBNation were suspended after complaints of copyright infringement, but the accounts didn't post live video or sound from the game. Instead, the league's reach has now extended to short GIFs and Vine videos on Twitter, which the NFL considers highlights.