Distribution of 2000-2003 Cable Royalty Funds, 12295-12296 [2019-06222]

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Box 70977, Washington, DC 20024–0977; or Commercial courier: Address package to: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, LM–403, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20559– SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01APN1.SGM 01APN1 12296 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 62 / Monday, April 1, 2019 / Notices 6000. Deliver to: Congressional Courier Acceptance Site, 2nd Street NE and D Street NE, Washington, DC; or Hand delivery: Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, LM– 401, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20559–6000. Instructions: Unless submitting online, commenters must submit an original, two paper copies, and an electronic version on a CD. All submissions must include a reference to the CRB and this docket number. All submissions will be posted without change to eCRB at https://app.crb.gov/ including any personal information provided. Docket: For access to the docket to read submitted documents, go to eCRB, the Copyright Royalty Board’s electronic filing and case management system, at https://app.crb.gov/ and search for docket number 2008–2 CRB CD 2000– 2003 (Phase II) (Remand). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anita Blaine, Program Specialist, by telephone at (202) 707–7658 or email at crb@loc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Each year cable systems must submit royalty payments to the Register of Copyrights as required by the statutory license set forth in sec. 111 of the Copyright Act for the retransmission to cable subscribers of over-the-air television and radio broadcast signals. See 17 U.S.C. 111(d). The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) oversee distribution of royalties to copyright owners whose works were included in a qualifying transmission and who timely filed a claim for royalties. Allocation of the royalties collected occurs in one of two ways. In the first instance, the Judges may authorize distribution in accordance with a negotiated settlement among all claiming parties. 17 U.S.C. 111(d)(4)(A). If all claimants do not reach agreement with respect to the royalties, the Judges must conduct a proceeding to determine the distribution of any royalties that remain in controversy. 17 U.S.C. 111(d)(4)(B). Alternatively, the Judges may, on motion of claimants and on notice to all interested parties, authorize a partial distribution of royalties, reserving on deposit sufficient funds to resolve identified disputes. 17 U.S.C. 111(d)(4)(C), 801(b)(3)(C). On April 21, 2017, Worldwide Subsidy Group LLC dba Independent Producers Group (‘‘IPG’’) filed with the Judges a motion requesting a partial distribution amounting to 21.52% of the cable royalty funds for 2000–2003 in the Devotional Category pursuant to sec. 801(b)(3)(C) of the Copyright Act. 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Mar 29, 2019 Jkt 247001 U.S.C. 801(b)(3)(C). Motion at 1, 5. IPG arrived at 21.52% by multiplying IPG’s final distribution of 28.7% of funds in the Devotional Category for 1999 by 75%, On April 26, 2017, the Settling Devotional Claimants (‘‘SDC’’) filed an opposition to IPG’s motion arguing, among other things, that IPG is not an established claimant (but rather is a ‘‘commercial entity representing claimants’’) and that ‘‘there are strong reasons to doubt that its single final distribution for 1999 will be predictive of results in later years.’’ SDC Opposition at 1–2. The SDC also questioned whether IPG would be willing and able to disgorge funds if necessary. Id. On May 2, 2017, IPG replied to the SDC’s opposition, contending that IPG was already deemed an ‘‘established claimant’’ in the program suppliers’ category with respect to 2004–2009 cable royalties and that IPG should not be precluded from receiving a partial distribution merely because it is a claimant representative as opposed to an actual claimant. IPG Reply at 2–3. IPG noted that ‘‘[t]he vast majority of entities receiving advances are ‘agents’ of claimants.’’ Id. at 3. IPG argues that the SDC seeks to distinguish between IPG and other agents, such as the Motion Picture Association of America (‘‘MPAA’’), the National Association of Broadcasters (‘‘NAB’’), and PBS, which have received partial distributions in the past, on the ground that MPAA, NAB, and PBS are not commercially motivated, unlike IPG. IPG questioned the relevancy of the distinction between for-profit organizations and not for profit organizations, contending that ‘‘while many of the entities receiving advances are ostensibly noncommercial, they nonetheless represent (and have received partial distributions on behalf of) commercially motivated agents and commercially motivated claimants.’’ Id. at 4. IPG argued that were there such a rule precluding forprofit entities from receiving partial distributions, IPG would not have been permitted to receive a partial distribution of royalties in the program suppliers’ category. Id. at 4–5.1 IPG dismissed the SDC’s concerns regarding IPG’s ability or willingness to disgorge funds if necessary as ‘‘unsubstantiated 1 For its part, the SDC concedes that, based on IPG’s final award for 2000–2003 in the program suppliers’ category, MPAA conceded that IPG was entitled to a partial distribution in that category for 2004–2009 and that the Judges accepted MPAA’s concession. Nevertheless, the SDC ‘‘did not and do not make such a concession in the Devotional category based on IPG’s final award for a single year.’’ SDC Opposition at n.2. PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and non-sequitur ‘suspicions’ of IPG’s alleged insolvency and alleged refusal to abide by its contractual relationships.’’ Id. at 8. Prior to ruling on a motion for partial distribution filed under § 801(b)(3)(C) of the Copyright Act, the Judges must publish a notice in the Federal Register to determine whether any interested claimant entitled to receive such royalty fees has a reasonable objection to the partial distribution. Accordingly, this Notice seeks comments from interested claimants on whether any reasonable objection exists that would preclude the distribution of 21.52% of the 2000–2003 cable royalty funds in the Devotional category to IPG. As the Judges have commenced a distribution proceeding concerning 2000–03 cable royalties, only claimants that have filed petitions to participate in the proceeding (or are included in a petition to participate filed on their behalf) are ‘‘interested claimants’’ for purposes of this Notice. Interested claimants objecting to the partial distribution must advise the Judges of the existence and extent of all objections by the end of the comment period. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 62 (Monday, April 1, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12295-12296]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-06222]


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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Copyright Royalty Board

[Docket No. 2008-2 CRB CD 2000-2003 (Phase II) (Remand)]


Distribution of 2000-2003 Cable Royalty Funds

AGENCY: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress.

ACTION: Notice requesting comments.

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SUMMARY: The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on a motion of 
Independent Producers Group for partial distribution of 2000-2003 cable 
royalty funds.

DATES: Comments are due on or before May 1, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments and proposals, identified by docket 
number 2008-2 CRB CD 2000-2003 (Phase II) (Remand), by any of the 
following methods:
    CRB's electronic filing application: Submit comments online in eCRB 
at https://app.crb.gov/.
    U.S. mail: Copyright Royalty Board, P.O. Box 70977, Washington, DC 
20024-0977; or
    Overnight service (only USPS Express Mail is acceptable): Copyright 
Royalty Board, P.O. Box 70977, Washington, DC 20024-0977; or
    Commercial courier: Address package to: Copyright Royalty Board, 
Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, LM-403, 101 
Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20559-

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6000. Deliver to: Congressional Courier Acceptance Site, 2nd Street NE 
and D Street NE, Washington, DC; or
    Hand delivery: Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial 
Building, LM-401, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20559-
6000.
    Instructions: Unless submitting online, commenters must submit an 
original, two paper copies, and an electronic version on a CD. All 
submissions must include a reference to the CRB and this docket number. 
All submissions will be posted without change to eCRB at https://app.crb.gov/ including any personal information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read submitted documents, go to 
eCRB, the Copyright Royalty Board's electronic filing and case 
management system, at https://app.crb.gov/ and search for docket number 
2008-2 CRB CD 2000-2003 (Phase II) (Remand).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anita Blaine, Program Specialist, by 
telephone at (202) 707-7658 or email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Each year cable systems must submit royalty 
payments to the Register of Copyrights as required by the statutory 
license set forth in sec. 111 of the Copyright Act for the 
retransmission to cable subscribers of over-the-air television and 
radio broadcast signals. See 17 U.S.C. 111(d). The Copyright Royalty 
Judges (Judges) oversee distribution of royalties to copyright owners 
whose works were included in a qualifying transmission and who timely 
filed a claim for royalties.
    Allocation of the royalties collected occurs in one of two ways. In 
the first instance, the Judges may authorize distribution in accordance 
with a negotiated settlement among all claiming parties. 17 U.S.C. 
111(d)(4)(A). If all claimants do not reach agreement with respect to 
the royalties, the Judges must conduct a proceeding to determine the 
distribution of any royalties that remain in controversy. 17 U.S.C. 
111(d)(4)(B). Alternatively, the Judges may, on motion of claimants and 
on notice to all interested parties, authorize a partial distribution 
of royalties, reserving on deposit sufficient funds to resolve 
identified disputes. 17 U.S.C. 111(d)(4)(C), 801(b)(3)(C).
    On April 21, 2017, Worldwide Subsidy Group LLC dba Independent 
Producers Group (``IPG'') filed with the Judges a motion requesting a 
partial distribution amounting to 21.52% of the cable royalty funds for 
2000-2003 in the Devotional Category pursuant to sec. 801(b)(3)(C) of 
the Copyright Act. 17 U.S.C. 801(b)(3)(C). Motion at 1, 5. IPG arrived 
at 21.52% by multiplying IPG's final distribution of 28.7% of funds in 
the Devotional Category for 1999 by 75%,
    On April 26, 2017, the Settling Devotional Claimants (``SDC'') 
filed an opposition to IPG's motion arguing, among other things, that 
IPG is not an established claimant (but rather is a ``commercial entity 
representing claimants'') and that ``there are strong reasons to doubt 
that its single final distribution for 1999 will be predictive of 
results in later years.'' SDC Opposition at 1-2. The SDC also 
questioned whether IPG would be willing and able to disgorge funds if 
necessary. Id.
    On May 2, 2017, IPG replied to the SDC's opposition, contending 
that IPG was already deemed an ``established claimant'' in the program 
suppliers' category with respect to 2004-2009 cable royalties and that 
IPG should not be precluded from receiving a partial distribution 
merely because it is a claimant representative as opposed to an actual 
claimant. IPG Reply at 2-3. IPG noted that ``[t]he vast majority of 
entities receiving advances are `agents' of claimants.'' Id. at 3. IPG 
argues that the SDC seeks to distinguish between IPG and other agents, 
such as the Motion Picture Association of America (``MPAA''), the 
National Association of Broadcasters (``NAB''), and PBS, which have 
received partial distributions in the past, on the ground that MPAA, 
NAB, and PBS are not commercially motivated, unlike IPG. IPG questioned 
the relevancy of the distinction between for-profit organizations and 
not for profit organizations, contending that ``while many of the 
entities receiving advances are ostensibly non-commercial, they 
nonetheless represent (and have received partial distributions on 
behalf of) commercially motivated agents and commercially motivated 
claimants.'' Id. at 4. IPG argued that were there such a rule 
precluding for-profit entities from receiving partial distributions, 
IPG would not have been permitted to receive a partial distribution of 
royalties in the program suppliers' category. Id. at 4-5.\1\ IPG 
dismissed the SDC's concerns regarding IPG's ability or willingness to 
disgorge funds if necessary as ``unsubstantiated and non-sequitur 
`suspicions' of IPG's alleged insolvency and alleged refusal to abide 
by its contractual relationships.'' Id. at 8.
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    \1\ For its part, the SDC concedes that, based on IPG's final 
award for 2000-2003 in the program suppliers' category, MPAA 
conceded that IPG was entitled to a partial distribution in that 
category for 2004-2009 and that the Judges accepted MPAA's 
concession. Nevertheless, the SDC ``did not and do not make such a 
concession in the Devotional category based on IPG's final award for 
a single year.'' SDC Opposition at n.2.
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    Prior to ruling on a motion for partial distribution filed under 
Sec.  801(b)(3)(C) of the Copyright Act, the Judges must publish a 
notice in the Federal Register to determine whether any interested 
claimant entitled to receive such royalty fees has a reasonable 
objection to the partial distribution. Accordingly, this Notice seeks 
comments from interested claimants on whether any reasonable objection 
exists that would preclude the distribution of 21.52% of the 2000-2003 
cable royalty funds in the Devotional category to IPG. As the Judges 
have commenced a distribution proceeding concerning 2000-03 cable 
royalties, only claimants that have filed petitions to participate in 
the proceeding (or are included in a petition to participate filed on 
their behalf) are ``interested claimants'' for purposes of this Notice. 
Interested claimants objecting to the partial distribution must advise 
the Judges of the existence and extent of all objections by the end of 
the comment period. The Judges will not consider any objections with 
respect to the partial distribution motion that come to their attention 
after the close of the comment period.

    Dated: March 27, 2019.
Jesse M. Feder,
Chief Copyright Royalty Judge.
[FR Doc. 2019-06222 Filed 3-29-19; 8:45 am]
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