Notice of Intent To Audit, 72640-72641 [2021-27670]

Download as PDF 72640 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 22, 2021 / Notices limited to the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to participate in the consultations and provide technical and operational input, as requested by Senators Leahy and Tillis.16 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES III. Statement of Interest Questions Below are questions to consider ahead of the plenary session, as these topics will underlie the discussions. To aid in the discussion, several of the questions focus on particular categories of actors. The Office recognizes that individuals and entities at any given time might be acting as rightsholders, intermediaries, or users. Please provide an answer to at least one of these questions in your written statement of interest to participate in the consultations in order to assist in effectively organizing these consultations. For those who do not wish to participate in the consultations, the Office will also accept, by the date above, written comments for the record responding to at least one of the questions below. 1. Rightsholders: Please identify any technical measures currently used or in development by you, your organization, company, industry, or sector to identify or protect copyrighted works online. How do these technical measures affect your ability to protect your copyrighted works online? 2. Online service providers: Please identify any technical measures currently used or in development by your organization, company, industry, or sector to identify or protect copyrighted works online. How do these technical measures affect your ability to provide services to your users? 3. Users: How are you, or your organization, company, industry, or sector affected by technologies implemented by rightsholders and service providers to identify or protect copyrighted works online? 4. To what extent are any of these technical measures being adopted or discussed as part of any within-industry or cross-industry endeavors, initiatives, or agreement(s)? 5. Are there any other processes that are ongoing for identifying voluntary solutions or to identify and implement technical measures? Are there alternative processes, other than those that may currently be in place, that would better identify and implement technical measures? Please be specific, as different technical measures may have different solutions in different industry sectors. 6. To what extent would the adoption and broad implementation of existing or future technical measures by stakeholders, including online service providers and rightsholders, be likely to assist in addressing the problem of online copyright piracy? What are the obstacles to adopting and broadly implementing such existing or future technical measures? Would the adoption and broad implementation of such existing or future technical measures have negative effects? If so, what would be the effects, and who would be affected? 7. Is there a role for government to play in identifying, developing, cataloging, or communicating about existing or future technical measures for identifying or protecting copyrighted works online? Can the government facilitate the adoption or implementation of technical measures, and if so, how? Are there technical measures or other standards used to protect copyrighted works online of which the government should be aware when implementing statutory or regulatory provisions, such as requirements for procurement, grants, or required data inventories? 8. Please identify any other pertinent issues not referenced above that the Copyright Office should consider in these consultations. For both comments and statements of interest, please indicate which question(s) above you are answering in your submission. For those who wish to participate in the consultations, please also indicate your organization’s request to participate in the consultations in the written statement of interest and identify the individual (name, title, contact information) who will be participating in the plenary and industry-sector based sessions. Dated: December 16, 2021. Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. [FR Doc. 2021–27705 Filed 12–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1410–30–P LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Copyright Royalty Board [Docket Nos. 21–CRB–0014–AU (Audacy) and 21–CRB–0015–AU (Midwest Communications)] Notice of Intent To Audit Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress. AGENCY: 16 Request Letter at 2. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Dec 21, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: Public notice. The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt from SoundExchange, Inc., of notices of intent to audit the 2018, 2019, and 2020 statements of account submitted by commercial webcasters Audacy and Midwest Communications concerning the royalty payments they made pursuant to two statutory licenses. ADDRESSES: Docket: For access to the dockets to read background documents, go to eCRB at https://app.crb.gov and perform a case search for docket 21– CRB–0014–AU (Audacy) or 21–CRB– 0015–AU (Midwest Communications). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anita Blaine, (202) 707–7658, crb@ loc.gov. SUMMARY: The Copyright Act grants to sound recordings copyright owners the exclusive right to publicly perform sound recordings by means of certain digital audio transmissions, subject to limitations. Specifically, the right is limited by the statutory license in section 114, which allows nonexempt noninteractive digital subscription services, eligible nonsubscription services, and preexisting satellite digital audio radio services to perform publicly sound recordings by means of digital audio transmissions. 17 U.S.C. 114(f). In addition, a statutory license in section 112 allows a service to make necessary ephemeral reproductions to facilitate digital transmission of the sound recording. 17 U.S.C. 112(e). Licensees may operate under these licenses provided they pay the royalty fees and comply with the terms set by the Copyright Royalty Judges. The rates and terms for the section 112 and 114 licenses are codified in 37 CFR parts 380 and 382–84. As one of the terms for these licenses, the Judges designated SoundExchange, Inc., (SoundExchange) as the Collective, i.e., the organization charged with collecting the royalty payments and statements of account submitted by eligible nonexempt noninteractive digital subscription services such as Commercial Webcasters and with distributing the royalties to the copyright owners and performers entitled to receive them under the section 112 and 114 licenses. See 37 CFR 380.4(d). As the Collective, SoundExchange may, only once a year, conduct an audit of a licensee for any or all of the prior three calendar years to verify royalty payments. SoundExchange must first file with the Judges a notice of intent to audit a licensee and deliver the notice SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 22, 2021 / Notices to the licensee. See 37 CFR 380.6. On December 7, 2021, SoundExchange filed with the Judges notices of intent to audit Audacy and Midwest Communications for the years 2018, 2019, and 2020. The Judges must publish notice in the Federal Register within 30 days of receipt of a notice announcing the Collective’s intent to conduct an audit. See 37 CFR 380.6(c). This notice fulfills the Judges’ publication obligation with respect to SoundExchange’s December 7, 2021 notices of intent to audit Audacy and Midwest Communications. Dated: December 16, 2021. Suzanne M. Barnett, Chief Copyright Royalty Judge. [FR Doc. 2021–27670 Filed 12–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1410–72–P NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Extend an Information Collection National Science Foundation. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting that OMB approve clearance of this collection for no longer than three years. DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by February 22, 2022 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. For Additional Information or Comments: Contact Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone (703) 292– 7556; or send email to splimpto@ nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays). You also may obtain a copy of the data collection instrument and instructions from Ms. Plimpton. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: Grantee Reporting Requirements for Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:55 Dec 21, 2021 Jkt 256001 OMB Number: 3145–0194. Expiration Date of Approval: February 28, 2022. Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to extend an information collection. Proposed Project: The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships Program supports innovation in the integrative conduct of research, education and knowledge transfer. Science and Technology Centers build intellectual and physical infrastructure within and between disciplines, weaving together knowledge creation, knowledge integration, and knowledge transfer. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships of academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities. New knowledge thus created is meaningfully linked to society. STCs enable and foster excellent education, integrate research and education, and create bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity more fully support the learning process. STCs capitalize on diversity through participation in center activities and demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups underrepresented in science and engineering. Centers selected will be required to submit annual reports on progress and plans, which will be used as a basis for performance review and determining the level of continued funding. To support this review and the management of a Center, STCs will be required to develop a set of management and performance indicators for submission annually to NSF via an NSF evaluation technical assistance contractor. These indicators are both quantitative and descriptive and may include, for example, the characteristics of center personnel and students; sources of financial support and in-kind support; expenditures by operational component; characteristics of industrial and/or other sector participation; research activities; education activities; knowledge transfer activities; patents, licenses; publications; degrees granted to students involved in Center activities; descriptions of significant advances and other outcomes of the STC effort. Part of this reporting will take the form of a database which will be owned by the institution and eventually made available to an evaluation contractor. This database will capture specific information to demonstrate progress towards achieving the goals of the program. Such reporting requirements will be included in the cooperative PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72641 agreement which is binding between the academic institution and the NSF. Each Center’s annual report will address the following categories of activities: (1) Research, (2) education, (3) knowledge transfer, (4) partnerships, (5) diversity, (6) management and (7) budget issues. For each of the categories the report will describe overall objectives for the year, problems the Center has encountered in making progress towards goals, anticipated problems in the following year, and specific outputs and outcomes. Use of the Information: NSF will use the information to continue funding of the Centers, and to evaluate the progress of the program. Estimate of Burden: 100 hours per center for twelve centers for a total of 1,200 hours. Respondents: Non-profit institutions; federal government. Estimated Number of Responses per Report: One from each of the twelve centers. Comments: Comments are invited on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: December 17, 2021. Suzanne H. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 243 (Wednesday, December 22, 2021)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-27670]


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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Copyright Royalty Board

[Docket Nos. 21-CRB-0014-AU (Audacy) and 21-CRB-0015-AU (Midwest 
Communications)]


Notice of Intent To Audit

AGENCY: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress.

ACTION: Public notice.

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SUMMARY: The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt from 
SoundExchange, Inc., of notices of intent to audit the 2018, 2019, and 
2020 statements of account submitted by commercial webcasters Audacy 
and Midwest Communications concerning the royalty payments they made 
pursuant to two statutory licenses.

ADDRESSES: Docket: For access to the dockets to read background 
documents, go to eCRB at https://app.crb.gov and perform a case search 
for docket 21-CRB-0014-AU (Audacy) or 21-CRB-0015-AU (Midwest 
Communications).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anita Blaine, (202) 707-7658, 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Copyright Act grants to sound recordings 
copyright owners the exclusive right to publicly perform sound 
recordings by means of certain digital audio transmissions, subject to 
limitations. Specifically, the right is limited by the statutory 
license in section 114, which allows nonexempt noninteractive digital 
subscription services, eligible nonsubscription services, and 
preexisting satellite digital audio radio services to perform publicly 
sound recordings by means of digital audio transmissions. 17 U.S.C. 
114(f). In addition, a statutory license in section 112 allows a 
service to make necessary ephemeral reproductions to facilitate digital 
transmission of the sound recording. 17 U.S.C. 112(e).
    Licensees may operate under these licenses provided they pay the 
royalty fees and comply with the terms set by the Copyright Royalty 
Judges. The rates and terms for the section 112 and 114 licenses are 
codified in 37 CFR parts 380 and 382-84.
    As one of the terms for these licenses, the Judges designated 
SoundExchange, Inc., (SoundExchange) as the Collective, i.e., the 
organization charged with collecting the royalty payments and 
statements of account submitted by eligible nonexempt noninteractive 
digital subscription services such as Commercial Webcasters and with 
distributing the royalties to the copyright owners and performers 
entitled to receive them under the section 112 and 114 licenses. See 37 
CFR 380.4(d).
    As the Collective, SoundExchange may, only once a year, conduct an 
audit of a licensee for any or all of the prior three calendar years to 
verify royalty payments. SoundExchange must first file with the Judges 
a notice of intent to audit a licensee and deliver the notice

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to the licensee. See 37 CFR 380.6. On December 7, 2021, SoundExchange 
filed with the Judges notices of intent to audit Audacy and Midwest 
Communications for the years 2018, 2019, and 2020.
    The Judges must publish notice in the Federal Register within 30 
days of receipt of a notice announcing the Collective's intent to 
conduct an audit. See 37 CFR 380.6(c). This notice fulfills the Judges' 
publication obligation with respect to SoundExchange's December 7, 2021 
notices of intent to audit Audacy and Midwest Communications.

    Dated: December 16, 2021.
Suzanne M. Barnett,
Chief Copyright Royalty Judge.
[FR Doc. 2021-27670 Filed 12-21-21; 8:45 am]
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