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  • Hope the folks who live in the pop up aren’t Detroit fans! Regardless, bravo to the neighbors. I hope they do this more often.

    • Then you have to stop posting photos, or they’ll be hearing from the NFL.

      • This was my first thought as well. I believe the NFL’s legions of lawyers stand by for anything that they might see as violating their broadcast terms.

        • The NFL copyright notice, verbatim: “This telecast is copyrighted by the NFL for the private use of our audience. Any other use of this telecast or any pictures, descriptions, or accounts of the game without the NFL’s consent is prohibited.”

      • I think this would still qualify under the “private use” clause. The rooftop is not open to the public and the public probably could not hear the broadcast.
        -Someone Who Plays a Lawyer on TV

    • Mug of Glop

      We have a tough life, for sure. But we’re used to it by now.

    • BTW, my “I hope they do this more often” wasn’t just limited to the NFL and other sporting events (although imagine the awesomeness of the World Cup!). I am thinking, The Great Pumpkin on Halloween, the Academy Awards, the Puppy Bowl instead of the Superbowl, etc. Anything and everything not just football.

  • Neighbors for the win!

  • This is brilliant.

  • Save Historic V Street Public Cinema Park

  • I want to be friends with those people!

  • Talk about making lemonade out of lemons.

  • This makes me happy.

  • I’ve noticed they have a screen up there for a projector. This looks even better!

  • this is pretty great haha

  • I’m still smiling. I doubt anyone can complain, except maybe the copyright police.

  • I have nothing to add. That is totally awesome. So awesome that I figured I couldn’t not chime in.

  • If the owner is not charging fee or advertising this as public event, how is this violation of NFL copyright laws? I dont see any difference watching this via projection TV (albeit a very large projection) and watching this over 85″ TV that your neighbors happen to be able to see from outside of your house.

    • Unfortunately, any actual legal discussion on the merits is probably besides the point. They’re so huge and litigious they can get away with simply saying stop doing this or pay us X amount for a license, or we’ll see you in court.

    • Anonomnom

      You hit the nail on the head. I actually doubt that they will hear from anyone at NFL, even if the office does hear about this.
      Side note, ever since I first saw this pop up I had thought to myself that this is EXACTLY what I would do if I were the neighbors! So happy someone got to this point!

    • For those who want to argue the nuances of copy-write law, Here you go! It actually details sf of showing area, size of screen, number of screens, and number of speakers. Won’t someone please think of the children.
      17 U.S. Code § 110

      • A good rule of thumb: don’t take legal advice from someone who can’t spell the field of law in question.

        • Take it up with Apple. I know it’s wrong, you know it’s wrong, but I’m glad my phone’s auto correct could provide some fun trolling material for you! I’m the future I’ll take better care to edit my random blather on a fleeting blog.
          So what LEGAL ADVICE did I espouse?

  • This is freaking amazing!

  • The people doing the projection have a pop-up themselves and are thus clearly EVIL. We should scorn and ridicule them for DESTROYING THE ROOF LINE. Plus the formstone facade is hideous. As an anonymous commenter on the internet, I have an ABSOLUTE, INALIENABLE RIGHT to force those homeowners to conform to my aesthetic.

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