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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 7 Issue: 10
(October 2009)

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Television: FAPL v YouTube: protecting sports broadcasts in the US*

The Football Association Premier League's claim against YouTube highlighted that sports broadcasters must either register with the US Copyright Office, or in the case of live broadcasts, provide detailed information to the prospective infringer 48 hours in advance of first broadcast to succeed in claiming statutory damages for infringement. Rohan Massey, an IPMT Partner at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, examines the FAPL's case, YouTube's defence, the court's reasoning in coming to its decision and the implications for sports broadcasters.

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