Making Sure You Have Your Expressed Written Consent

We make fun of commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball a lot here, but we must give credit where credit be due. An enterprising sort named Merritt Bettineski, tongue planted firmly in Merritt Bettineski Cheek, wrote a letter to MLB Headquarters asking Selig for permission to show an old Seattle Mariners game at a party, mindful of the omnipresent "Any rebroadcast, reproduction or other use of this game without the express written consent of Major League Baseball is prohibited." And, God bless 'em, MLB wrote him back.

Dear Merritt,
In response to your written request, dated September 9, 2005, we gladly grant you permission to use the tape of the 1995 Seattle Mariners Game 5 win over the New York Yankees at your house party.
Best regards,
Nick Trotta
Footage Licensing Coordinator
Major League Baseball Productions

That put a smile on our face.

Permission Slip [Seattle Post-Intelligencer] (PDF)