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1965 Gotham "Big Bowl" NFL Electric Football


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On 5/23/2023 at 10:01 AM, nefgm.org said:

"Key Plays of All NFL Teams"

Hi, Awesome Stadium. I wonder how many Gotham Big Bowls still exist? Or, more tragic, what percentage ended in the landfill a year later?

Is it legal for the Electric Football Game Museum to post pages from the Key Plays book on this Forum? I'd like to try setting up a few plays.

Enjoy the Journey T43 🏈♾️

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Hi. Gotham was a Canadian Company but they might have applied for copyright protection of their game documents. "Key Plays of All NFL Teams," sounds original and was probably produced in-house. I don't know. I do know that Gotham, or the person who produced the document, might still be covered by copyright. Gotham created the document in 1965, so according to copyright law the document could be protected for 95 years.  


"Thus the maximum total term of copyright protection for works already protected by January 1, 1978, has been increased from 56 years (a first term of 28 years plus a renewal term of 28 years) to 95 years (a first term of 28 years plus a renewal term of 67 years). Applying these standards, all works published in the United States before January 1, 1928, are in the public domain." Duration of Copyright, United States Copyright Office, Circular 15A

So, I'm excited to see the  "Key Plays of All NFL Teams," and I certainly want to try running those plays, but a public forum operated by a For-Profit business (Tudor) may not be the correct venue for me to see the booklet.

That's why I asked if it was legal.

Enjoy the Journey T43 🏈♾️

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