From Meerkat to Periscope: Does Intellectual Property Law Prohibit the Live Streaming of Commercial Sporting Events
27 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2015 Last revised: 29 Sep 2016
Date Written: September 16, 2015
This article discusses the potential impact of live streaming on the commercial sports industry and analyzes whether commercial sports enterprises have the legal power to stop live streaming of professional and collegiate sporting events. Part I of this article explores the history of live streaming commercial sporting events. Part II analyzes whether courts are likely to hold live streamers directly liable for their actions under federal copyright law. Part III discusses whether courts are likely to hold manufacturers of live streaming applications secondarily liable for copyright infringement. Part IV assesses the legality of live streaming under right of publicity law. Part V then analyzes the legality of live streaming under unfair competition doctrines. Finally, Part VI concludes that current federal and state laws adequately address all meaningful public policy concerns related to the live steaming of commercial sporting events.
Keywords: live streaming, livestreaming, Meerkat, Periscope, copyright, intellectual property, publicity rights, broadcast rights, law, sports law, sports
JEL Classification: O34, O38, K00, K11, K19, K23, K30, K40, K42, L20, L50, L82, L82, L99, M13, O30
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