Distribution of 2005 Through 2008 DART Musical Works Funds Royalties, 11287-11288 [2011-4462]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 40 / Tuesday, March 1, 2011 / Notices jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES meals a day or free and convenient cooking and kitchen facilities. 20 CFR 655.122(g). When the employer provides meals, the job offer must state the charge, if any, to the worker for such meals. 20 CFR 655.122(g). The Department has published at 20 CFR 655.173(a) the methodology for determining the maximum amounts that H–2A agricultural employers may charge their U.S. and foreign workers for meals. These rules provide for annual adjustments of the previous year’s allowable charges based upon Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. 20 CFR 655.173(a). Each year, the maximum charges allowed by 20 CFR 655.122(g) are adjusted by the same percentage as the 12-month percent change for the CPI for all Urban Consumers for Food (CPI–U for Food). The Department may permit an employer to charge workers no more than the higher maximum amount set forth in 20 CFR 655.173(b), as applicable, for providing them with three meals a day, if justified and sufficiently documented. The H–2A program’s regulations require the Department to make the annual adjustments and to publish a Notice in the Federal Register each calendar year, announcing annual adjustments in allowable charges that may be made by agricultural and logging employers for providing three meals daily to their U.S. and foreign workers. The 2010 rates were published in the Federal Register at 75 FR 7293, Feb. 18, 2010. The Department has determined the percentage change between December of 2009 and December of 2010 for the CPI– U for Food was .8 percent. Accordingly, the maximum allowable charges under 20 CFR 655.122(g) were adjusted using this percentage change, and the new permissible charges for 2011 shall be no more than $10.73 per day, unless the Department has approved a higher charge pursuant to 20 CFR 655.173(b). C. Maximum Travel Subsistence Expense The regulations at 20 CFR 655.122(h) establish that the minimum daily travel subsistence expense, for which a worker is entitled to reimbursement, is at least as much as the employer would charge the worker for providing the worker with three meals a day during employment (if applicable), but in no event less than the amount permitted under 20 CFR 655.173(a). The regulation is silent about the maximum amount to which a qualifying worker is entitled. The Department based the maximum meals component on the standard Continental United States (CONUS) per diem rate established by the General VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:42 Feb 28, 2011 Jkt 223001 Services Administration (GSA), published at 41 CFR Part 301, Appendix A. The CONUS meal component is now $46.00 per day. Workers who qualify for travel reimbursement are entitled to reimbursement up to the CONUS meal rate for related subsistence when they provide receipts. In determining the appropriate amount of subsistence reimbursement, the employer may use the GSA system under which a traveler qualifies for meal expense reimbursement at 75 percent of the subsistence for the first partial day of travel and 75 percent of the subsistence for the last partial day per quarter of a day. If a worker has no receipts, the employer is not obligated to reimburse above the minimum stated at 20 CFR 655.173(a), as specified above. Signed in Washington, DC this 18th day of February, 2011. Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. 2011–4419 Filed 2–28–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Copyright Royalty Board [Docket No. 2010–8 CRB DD 2005–2008] Distribution of 2005 Through 2008 DART Musical Works Funds Royalties Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress. ACTION: Notice soliciting comments on motion for partial distribution. AGENCY: The Copyright Royalty Judges are soliciting comments on a motion for partial distribution in connection with 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 DART Musical Works Fund royalties. DATES: Comments are due on or before March 31, 2011. ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent electronically to crb@loc.gov. In the alternative, send an original, five copies, and an electronic copy on a CD either by mail or hand delivery. Please do not use multiple means of transmission. Comments may not be delivered by an overnight delivery service other than the U.S. Postal Service Express Mail. If by mail (including overnight delivery), comments must be addressed to: Copyright Royalty Board, P.O. Box 70977, Washington, DC 20024–0977. If hand delivered by a private party, comments must be brought to the Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, LM–401, 101 Independence Avenue, SE., SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11287 Washington, DC 20559–6000. If delivered by a commercial courier, comments must be delivered to the Congressional Courier Acceptance Site located at 2nd and D Street, NE., Washington, DC. The envelope must be addressed to: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, LM–403, 101 Independence Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20559–6000. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Strasser, Senior Attorney, or Gina Giuffreda, Attorney Advisor, by telephone at (202) 707–7658 or e-mail at crb@loc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 8, 2010, Broadcast Music, Inc., the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, SESAC, Inc. and The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (hereinafter ‘‘Settling Claimants’’) filed with the Judges a Motion for Partial Distribution of the Digital Audio Recording Technology (‘‘DART’’) Musical Works Funds for 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. In the Motion the Settling Claimants state that they have reached confidential settlements concerning their respective distribution shares for these years. The Settling Claimants request that the Judges, pursuant to Section 801(b)(3)(A) of the Copyright Act, distribute to the Settling Claimants 95% of the 2005–2008 DART Musical Works Funds, for the Writers and Music Publishers Subfunds. They also request that the Copyright Royalty Judges (‘‘Judges’’) publish notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on their proposed partial distribution. Section 801(b)(3)(A) authorizes the Judges to order distributions of royalty funds to the extent that the Judges find that the distribution of such fees is not subject to controversy. 17 U.S.C. 801(b)(3)(A). That section of the Copyright Act does not require publication in the Federal Register, but it does require that the Judges find that the fees requested are not subject to controversy. The Settling Claimants do not make such a representation. Rather they represent that they have agreed among themselves how any distributed funds should be allocated among themselves. The Settling Claimants state that the Judges ‘‘have the discretion, within a zone of reasonableness, to find that 95% of the royalties are not in controversy.’’ Motion at 4. As support for this assertion, they state that ‘‘[i]n the past four DART proceedings, nonsettling individual writer and publisher claimants collectively have either received less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the royalty funds or have been dismissed altogether * * *. E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 11288 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 40 / Tuesday, March 1, 2011 / Notices jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Accordingly, as in the past, at least 95% of the 2005–2008 Musical Works Funds is clearly not in controversy, and a partial distribution of this amount to the Settling Parties is appropriate and warranted at this time.’’ Id. We do not agree that Section 801(b)(3)(A) gives us the discretion to determine that 95% of the funds at issue in this matter are not in controversy based on the Settling Claimants’ representations that nonsettling claimants were awarded less than five percent of the funds in prior proceedings. Moreover, the Settling Claimants chose not to serve all of the claimants and therefore those claimants were given no opportunity to comment on whether the Settling Claimants’ assertions with respect to a controversy are accurate. In the absence of persuasive evidence that no controversy exists with respect to the funds that the Settling Claimants request, we cannot make the requisite finding under Section 801(b)(3)(A) that no controversy exists with respect to the requested funds. Nevertheless, we do have authority under Section 801(b)(3)(C) of the Copyright Act to authorize partial distributions if, after publication in the Federal Register, we determine that no claimant entitled to receive such fees has stated a reasonable objection to the partial distribution and the Settling Claimants requesting the partial distribution agree, among other things, to sign an agreement obligating them to return any excess amounts to the extent necessary to comply with the final determination on the distribution of the funds. See 17 U.S.C. 801(b)(3)(C). Therefore, we seek comments from any claimant entitled to receive royalties from the 2005–2008 DART Musical Works Funds regarding whether there are any reasonable objections to a partial distribution of 95% of the 2005–2008 Musical Works Funds to the Settling Claimants. Moreover, we request comments from the Settling Claimants regarding whether they are willing to make the representations required for a partial distribution pursuant to Section 801(b)(3)(C) of the Copyright Act. The Motion of the Settling Claimants for Partial Distribution is posted on the Copyright Royalty Board Web site at http://www.loc.gov/crb. Dated: February 24, 2011. James Scott Sledge, Chief U.S. Copyright Royalty Judge. 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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Copyright Royalty Board

[Docket No. 2010-8 CRB DD 2005-2008]


Distribution of 2005 Through 2008 DART Musical Works Funds 
Royalties

AGENCY: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress.

ACTION: Notice soliciting comments on motion for partial distribution.

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SUMMARY: The Copyright Royalty Judges are soliciting comments on a 
motion for partial distribution in connection with 2005, 2006, 2007, 
and 2008 DART Musical Works Fund royalties.

DATES: Comments are due on or before March 31, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent electronically to crb@loc.gov. In the 
alternative, send an original, five copies, and an electronic copy on a 
CD either by mail or hand delivery. Please do not use multiple means of 
transmission. Comments may not be delivered by an overnight delivery 
service other than the U.S. Postal Service Express Mail. If by mail 
(including overnight delivery), comments must be addressed to: 
Copyright Royalty Board, P.O. Box 70977, Washington, DC 20024-0977. If 
hand delivered by a private party, comments must be brought to the 
Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, LM-401, 101 
Independence Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20559-6000. If delivered by a 
commercial courier, comments must be delivered to the Congressional 
Courier Acceptance Site located at 2nd and D Street, NE., Washington, 
DC. The envelope must be addressed to: Copyright Royalty Board, Library 
of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, LM-403, 101 Independence 
Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20559-6000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Strasser, Senior Attorney, or 
Gina Giuffreda, Attorney Advisor, by telephone at (202) 707-7658 or e-
mail at crb@loc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 8, 2010, Broadcast Music, Inc., the 
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, SESAC, Inc. and 
The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (hereinafter ``Settling Claimants'') filed 
with the Judges a Motion for Partial Distribution of the Digital Audio 
Recording Technology (``DART'') Musical Works Funds for 2005, 2006, 
2007, and 2008. In the Motion the Settling Claimants state that they 
have reached confidential settlements concerning their respective 
distribution shares for these years. The Settling Claimants request 
that the Judges, pursuant to Section 801(b)(3)(A) of the Copyright Act, 
distribute to the Settling Claimants 95% of the 2005-2008 DART Musical 
Works Funds, for the Writers and Music Publishers Subfunds. They also 
request that the Copyright Royalty Judges (``Judges'') publish notice 
in the Federal Register requesting comments on their proposed partial 
distribution. Section 801(b)(3)(A) authorizes the Judges to order 
distributions of royalty funds to the extent that the Judges find that 
the distribution of such fees is not subject to controversy. 17 U.S.C. 
801(b)(3)(A). That section of the Copyright Act does not require 
publication in the Federal Register, but it does require that the 
Judges find that the fees requested are not subject to controversy. The 
Settling Claimants do not make such a representation. Rather they 
represent that they have agreed among themselves how any distributed 
funds should be allocated among themselves. The Settling Claimants 
state that the Judges ``have the discretion, within a zone of 
reasonableness, to find that 95% of the royalties are not in 
controversy.'' Motion at 4. As support for this assertion, they state 
that ``[i]n the past four DART proceedings, non-settling individual 
writer and publisher claimants collectively have either received less 
than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the royalty funds or have been 
dismissed altogether * * *.

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Accordingly, as in the past, at least 95% of the 2005-2008 Musical 
Works Funds is clearly not in controversy, and a partial distribution 
of this amount to the Settling Parties is appropriate and warranted at 
this time.'' Id. We do not agree that Section 801(b)(3)(A) gives us the 
discretion to determine that 95% of the funds at issue in this matter 
are not in controversy based on the Settling Claimants' representations 
that non-settling claimants were awarded less than five percent of the 
funds in prior proceedings. Moreover, the Settling Claimants chose not 
to serve all of the claimants and therefore those claimants were given 
no opportunity to comment on whether the Settling Claimants' assertions 
with respect to a controversy are accurate. In the absence of 
persuasive evidence that no controversy exists with respect to the 
funds that the Settling Claimants request, we cannot make the requisite 
finding under Section 801(b)(3)(A) that no controversy exists with 
respect to the requested funds. Nevertheless, we do have authority 
under Section 801(b)(3)(C) of the Copyright Act to authorize partial 
distributions if, after publication in the Federal Register, we 
determine that no claimant entitled to receive such fees has stated a 
reasonable objection to the partial distribution and the Settling 
Claimants requesting the partial distribution agree, among other 
things, to sign an agreement obligating them to return any excess 
amounts to the extent necessary to comply with the final determination 
on the distribution of the funds. See 17 U.S.C. 801(b)(3)(C). 
Therefore, we seek comments from any claimant entitled to receive 
royalties from the 2005-2008 DART Musical Works Funds regarding whether 
there are any reasonable objections to a partial distribution of 95% of 
the 2005-2008 Musical Works Funds to the Settling Claimants. Moreover, 
we request comments from the Settling Claimants regarding whether they 
are willing to make the representations required for a partial 
distribution pursuant to Section 801(b)(3)(C) of the Copyright Act.
    The Motion of the Settling Claimants for Partial Distribution is 
posted on the Copyright Royalty Board Web site at http://www.loc.gov/crb.

    Dated: February 24, 2011.
James Scott Sledge,
Chief U.S. Copyright Royalty Judge.
[FR Doc. 2011-4462 Filed 2-28-11; 8:45 am]
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