It looks like NFL fans could possibly find themselves in trouble, especially those tweeting visual material from games that they watch. Reports have surfaced that multiple accounts have been suspended for sharing GIFs or video footage from NFL games.
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Among them, @Deadspin, a leading sports website and @SBNationGIF have been allegedly been suspended for violating the NFL’s copyright rules. Although @Deadspin has been reactivated ever since, the second account still remains unaccessible. According to VentureBeat, Twitter has the authority to remove content without notifying the account owner. The NFL has already sent a written notice to the social network which, among other things, states that:
[quote]the NFL requests that you act expeditiously to disable access to the unauthorized videos being displayed and/or disseminated on the web pages listed below and remove its contents from view.[/quote]
With NFL currently owning and controlling worldwide rights to license intellectual property of the NFL and its Member Clubs, sports fans and sites should think twice before releasing any material related to it.
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