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National Football League v. PrimeTime 24 Joint Venture
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
211 F.3d 10 (2000)
PrimeTime 24 Joint Venture (PrimeTime) (defendant) had a license to transmit National Football League (NFL) (plaintiff) games via satellite to households not served by over-the-air reception. The license was limited to households in the United States, but PrimeTime also made satellite transmissions of NFL games to households in Canada. After PrimeTime refused the NFL’s requests to cease these transmissions, the NFL brought suit for copyright infringement. The district court granted summary judgment for the NFL and enjoined PrimeTime from further satellite transmissions to Canada. PrimeTime appealed, arguing that satellite transmissions to another country fell outside the territorial limits of the Copyright Act. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Van Graafeiland, J.)
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