Friday, July 12, 2013
Wants to Blog FOX TV Series
Dear Rich Staff is busy avoiding the mess that is called the America's Cup. As for your potential website, Fox, like most TV networks takes an approach we would describe as "watchful noninterference." That is they will allow fans to create fan sites using copyrighted content provided that the site does not seek to exploit the content in a way that competes with the network. For example, Fox apparently looks the other way when it comes to fan websites for its popular Glee program. These sites also contain detailed disclaimers, as well. You should include a similar disclaimer (though as we have pointed out before, it has limited value). We imagine that you will likely run into problems if your site offers unauthorized T-shirts or DVDs, or offers downloadable content from the series. The only other way you might get "banned" would be if your Internet service provider, acting on its own, determined that you offered infringing material and demanded that you pull it -- an unlikely scenario.