Library of Congress 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Mechanical and Digital Phonorecord Delivery Compulsory License
Document Number: 2013-30777
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office (``Office'' or ``Copyright Office'') of the Library of Congress requests additional public comments on clarifying the terms in the Monthly and Annual Statements of Account for the making and distribution of phonorecords.
Verification of Statements of Account Submitted by Cable Operators and Satellite Carriers
Document Number: 2013-30776
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is adopting an interim regulation that implements certain aspects of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (``STELA''). Cable operators and satellite carriers must file statements of account (``SOAs'') and deposit royalty fees with the Office in order to use the statutory licenses that allow for the retransmission of over-the-air broadcast signals. The Office published two notices of proposed rulemaking concerning a new process to allow copyright owners to audit the SOAs and associated royalty payments. The Office received extensive comments on its proposed audit procedures and is carefully reviewing these comments to address them as appropriate in a final rule. In the meantime, the Office is issuing an interim rule to establish the procedure for filing a notice of intent to audit one or more SOAs.
Adjustment of Determination of Compulsory License Rates for Mechanical and Digital Phonorecords
Document Number: 2013-30346
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are making a technical amendment to the regulations regarding the rates and terms for the section 115 statutory license for the use of musical works in physical phonorecord deliveries, permanent digital downloads, ringtones, interactive streaming, limited downloads, limited offerings, mixed service bundles, music bundles, paid locker services, and purchased content locker services. The technical amendment corrects a clerical error regarding an accounting provision in the final rule.
Copyright Office Fees: Cable and Satellite Statement of Account Fees
Document Number: 2013-28716
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-29
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office (``Office'') is publishing a final rule establishing a fee schedule for filing cable and satellite statements of account pursuant to Sections 112, 119, and 122 of Title 17 of the United States Code (``SOAs'') in accordance with the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (``STELA''). The Office is establishing these SOA fees after taking into account public comments received in response to the Office's March 28, 2012 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and December 6, 2012 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
Cost of Living Adjustment for Performance of Musical Compositions by Colleges and Universities
Document Number: 2013-28633
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-29
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 2% in the royalty rates that colleges, universities, and other educational institutions not affiliated with National Public Radio pay for the use of published nondramatic musical compositions in the SESAC repertory for the statutory license under the Copyright Act for noncommercial broadcasting.
Cost of Living Adjustment to Satellite Carrier Compulsory License Royalty Rates
Document Number: 2013-28632
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-29
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 1% in the royalty rates satellite carriers pay for a compulsory license under the Copyright Act. The COLA is based on the change in the Consumer Price Index from October 2012 to October 2013.
Adjustment of Determination of Compulsory License Rates for Mechanical and Digital Phonorecords
Document Number: 2013-25454
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are publishing final regulations setting the rates and terms for the section 115 statutory license for the use of musical works in physical phonorecord deliveries, permanent digital downloads, ringtones, interactive streaming, limited downloads, limited offerings, mixed service bundles, music bundles, paid locker services, and purchased content locker services.
Determination of Rates and Terms for Business Establishment Services
Document Number: 2013-26382
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-05
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are publishing final regulations setting the rates and terms for the making of an ephemeral recording of a sound recording by a business establishment service for the period January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2018.
Distribution of the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 Cable Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2013-25453
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-30
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce the final Phase II distribution of cable royalty funds for the years 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 for the Program Suppliers and Devotional programming categories.
Distribution of 2009 through 2011 DART Musical Works Funds Royalties
Document Number: 2013-25131
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-25
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) are soliciting comments on a motion for partial distribution in connection with 2009, 2010, and 2011 DART Musical Works Fund royalties.
Distribution of 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Satellite Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2013-19966
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-16
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) announce the commencement of a proceeding to determine the Phase II distribution of royalties deposited by satellite carriers for a statutory license to retransmit over-the-air television broadcast stations. A party wishing to participate in this distribution proceeding must file its Petition to Participate and the accompanying $150 filing fee, if applicable, by the deadline announced in this notice.
Distribution of 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Cable Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2013-19891
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-16
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) announce the commencement of a proceeding to determine the Phase II distribution of royalties deposited with the Register of Copyrights for the statutory license allowing distant retransmission of over-the-air television and radio broadcast signals by cable system operators. The funds to be distributed are those relating to broadcast years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2006, and 2009. The Judges also announce the date by which any party wishing to participate in this distribution proceeding must file its Petition to Participate and the accompanying $150 filing fee, if applicable.
Scope of the Copyright Royalty Judges Authority to Adopt Confidentiality Requirements upon Copyright Owners within a Voluntarily Negotiated License Agreement
Document Number: 2013-18672
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-05
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges, acting pursuant to 17 U.S.C. 802(f)(1)(B), referred a novel material question of substantive law to the Register of Copyrights concerning the Copyright Royalty Judges' authority to adopt regulations imposing a duty of confidentiality upon copyright owners, whether or not that duty is included in a voluntarily negotiated license agreement between copyright owners and licensees in a proceeding under section 115 of the Act. The Register of Copyrights responded in a timely fashion by delivering a Memorandum Opinion to the Copyright Royalty Board on July 25, 2013.
Determination of Rates and Terms for Business Establishment Services
Document Number: 2013-17243
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-19
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are publishing for comment proposed regulations that set the rates and terms for the making of an ephemeral recording of a sound recording by a business establishment service for the period January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2018.
Communication with the U.S. Copyright Office: Revised Addresses
Document Number: 2013-17163
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-18
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Copyright Office (or ``Office'') is amending its regulations to revise the mailing addresses for filing claims and sending other correspondence and documents to the Office. The revised addresses direct such document deliveries to the appropriate location in the Office in a more timely and efficient manner.
Authentication of Electronic Signatures on Electronically Filed Statements of Account
Document Number: 2013-15699
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-01
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register of June 26, 2013 (78 FR 38240). The document contained incorrect dates.
Single Application Option
Document Number: 2013-15545
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, United States Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is amending its regulations on an interim basis in order to establish a new registration option called the ``single application.'' This application is being introduced in order to provide an additional option for individual authors/claimants registering a single (one) work that is not a work made for hire via the Copyright Office's electronic registration system (``eCO''). Such applications are the most administratively simple for the Copyright Office to process and may make copyright registration more attractive to individual authors of single works. This application option will be available on June 28, 2013, and the Copyright Office is inviting public comments during the first 60 days of its implementation. The single application option will cost the same$35as a standard electronic application.
Authentication of Electronic Signatures on Electronically Filed Statements of Account
Document Number: 2013-15016
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-26
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office (``Copyright Office'' or ``Office'') is reengineering certain processes in its Licensing Division to enable cable systems operating under the statutory license governing the secondary transmission of over-the-air television broadcast signals to file Statements of Account electronically. As part of that process, the Office plans to adopt an identity authentication process that will allow for the use of electronic signatures. The Office proposes revisions to specific rules to account for the changes associated with the implementation of an electronic Statement of Account filing system and seeks public comment on the proposed process and regulatory changes to accommodate the use of electronic signatures.
Determination of Rates and Terms for Preexisting Subscription Services and Satellite Digital Audio Radio Services
Document Number: 2013-12493
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-28
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce a modification to their final determination of rates and terms for the digital transmission of sound recordings and the reproduction of ephemeral recordings by preexisting subscription services and preexisting satellite digital audio radio services for the period beginning January 1, 2013, and ending on December 31, 2017. The modification addresses an error identified by the Register of Copyrights concerning the resolution of a material question of substantive law relating to the rates and terms set for preexisting subscription services.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2013-12490
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-28
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are announcing receipt of two notices of intent to audit the 2010, 2011, and 2012 statements of account submitted by Saga Communications, Inc. and Cumulus Media, Inc., concerning the royalty payments made by each pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Scope of the Register of Copyright's Exclusive Authority Over Statements of Account Under the Section 115 Compulsory License
Document Number: 2013-11560
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges, acting pursuant to statute, referred material questions of substantive law to the Register of Copyrights concerning the scope of the Register of Copyright's exclusive authority over Statements of Account under the section 115 Compulsory License. Specifically, the Copyright Royalty Board requested a decision by the Register of Copyrights regarding ``whether the detail requirements set forth in 37 CFR as proposed Sec. 385.12(e) (existing) and proposed Sec. 385.22(d) (new) as well as the confidentiality requirement proposed for Sec. Sec. 385.12(f) and 385.22(e) encroach upon the exclusive statutory domain of the Register under Sec. 115 of the Act.'' The Register of Copyrights responded in a timely fashion by delivering a Memorandum Opinion to the Copyright Royalty Board on May 1, 2013.
Verification of Statements of Account Submitted by Cable Operators and Satellite Carriers
Document Number: 2013-11020
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-09
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
On June 14, 2012, the United States Copyright Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments concerning a new regulation that will allow copyright owners to audit the Statements of Account and royalty fees that cable operators and satellite carriers deposit with the Copyright Office for secondary transmissions of broadcast programming made pursuant to statutory licenses. The Copyright Office has revised the proposed regulation based on comments that it received from copyright owners, cable operators, and satellite carriers. The Copyright Office seeks comments on the revised proposal before it is adopted as a final rule.
Review of Copyright Royalty Judges Determination
Document Number: 2013-09005
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-17
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Register of Copyrights issues the following decision identifying and correcting an erroneous resolution of a material question of substantive law under title 17 that underlies or is contained in the Copyright Royalty Judges' final determination of rates and terms of royalty payments for the use of sound recordings in transmissions made by Preexisting Subscription Services.
Determination of Rates and Terms for Preexisting Subscription Services and Satellite Digital Audio Radio Services
Document Number: 2013-08657
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-17
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are announcing their final determination of the rates and terms for the digital transmission of sound recordings and the reproduction of ephemeral recordings by preexisting subscription services and preexisting satellite digital audio radio services for the period beginning January 1, 2013, and ending on December 31, 2017.
Resale Royalty Right; Public Hearing
Document Number: 2013-07270
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-29
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, United States Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office will host a public hearing to discuss issues relating to the consideration of a federal resale royalty right in the United States. The meeting will provide a forum for interested parties to address the legal and factual questions raised in the comments received by this Office in response to its September 2012 Notice of Inquiry.\1\
Technological Upgrades to Registration and Recordation Functions
Document Number: 2013-06633
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The United States Copyright Office (hereinafter Copyright Office or Office) is in the process of identifying and evaluating potential improvements and technical enhancements to the information technology platforms that support its registration and recordation functions, including its online registration system. These efforts are part of the Office's ongoing special projects, commenced October 25, 2011 (available at the Office's Web site at www.copyright.gov/docs/ priorities.pdf). The information garnered through this process has and will continue to inform the development of the Copyright Office's long- term strategic plan, scheduled to commence in October 2013. At this time, the Office seeks comments regarding existing capabilities and future possibilities. Broadly, the Office seeks comments on (1) how stakeholders use the current online offerings of the Copyright Office, especially with respect to registration and recorded documents, and how the current offerings meet, fail to meet, or exceed user expectations; and (2) how stakeholders would like to interact with the Copyright Office electronically in the future, or, put differently, what online services, or aspects of existing online services stakeholders would like to see. The Office appreciates the comments and suggestions of those who use the national registration and recordation systems to protect their intellectual property, as well as those who regularly use Copyright Office resources to identify copyright owners, investigate the copyright status of works and the public domain, and perform other research, including statistical analysis on aggregated data sets.
Remedies for Small Copyright Claims: Third Request for Comments
Document Number: 2013-04466
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-26
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, United States Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is requesting public comment for the third time on the topic of adjudicating small copyright claims. The Office is studying whether and, if so, how the current legal system hinders or prevents copyright owners from pursuing copyright claims that have a relatively small economic value and will discuss, with appropriate recommendations, potential changes in administrative, regulatory, and statutory authority. At this time, the Office seeks additional comments on possible alternatives to the current system to improve the adjudication of such claims.
Copyright Office Fees
Document Number: 2013-03449
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-14
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, United States Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for filing reply comments regarding its notice of proposed rulemaking concerning the establishment of a fee schedule for filing cable and satellite statements of account for use of the statutory licenses that provide for the secondary transmission of broadcast programming by cable and satellite companies.
Copyright Office Fees
Document Number: 2013-01291
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-01-25
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, United States Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for filing reply comments regarding its notice of proposed rulemaking concerning the establishment of a fee schedule for filing cable and satellite statements of account for use of the statutory licenses that provide for the secondary transmission of broadcast programming by cable and satellite companies.
Distribution of the 2011 Cable Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2013-01024
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-18
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are soliciting comments on a motion of Phase I claimants for partial distribution in connection with the 2011 cable royalty funds. The Judges are also requesting comments as to the existence of Phase I and Phase II controversies with respect to the distribution of 2011 cable royalty funds.
Distribution of 2011 Satellite Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2013-01023
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-18
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are soliciting comments on a motion of Phase I claimants for partial distribution in connection with the 2011 satellite royalty funds. The Judges are also requesting comments as to the existence of Phase I and Phase II controversies with respect to the distribution of 2011 satellite royalty funds.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2013-00541
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-14
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are announcing receipt of a notice of intent to audit the 2009, 2010, and 2011 statements of account submitted by Last.fm, Ltd., concerning the royalty payments made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Refunds Under the Cable Statutory License
Document Number: 2013-00171
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-01-09
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is amending its regulations to clarify its practices for providing refunds of cable royalties under the provisions of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (``STELA''). A cable operator must pay royalties to and file Statements of Account with the Office every six months in order to use the statutory license that allows for the retransmission of over-the-air broadcast signals under 17 U.S.C. 111. STELA allows a cable operator to calculate its royalty obligation for the carriage of distant signals on a community-by-community basis for accounting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2010, instead of calculating its royalty obligation based on the system as a whole. STELA also states that a cable operator shall not be subject to an infringement action if it used the subscriber group methodology to calculate its royalty obligation in a Statement filed prior to the effective date of STELA. Although a cable operator cannot be held liable for using the subscriber group methodology, the regulation clarifies that a cable operator's obligation to pay for the carriage of distant signals prior to the effective date of STELA was determined on a system-wide basis. Therefore, refunds for an overpayment of royalty fees on a Statement filed prior to the effective date of STELA will be made only when a cable operator has satisfied its outstanding royalty obligations (if any), including the obligation to pay for the carriage of each distant signal on a system-wide basis.