Adjustment of Cable Statutory License Royalty Rates
The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is requesting comment as to whether the 2005 cable statutory license rate adjustment proceeding should take place under the auspices of the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (``CARP'') system or the new Copyright Royalty Judge (``CRJ'') system.
Rate Adjustment for the Satellite Carrier Compulsory License
The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is submitting for public comment a proposed settlement of royalty rates for analog television broadcast stations retransmitted by satellite carriers under statutory license.
The Copyright Office seeks to examine the issues raised by ``orphan works,'' i.e., copyrighted works whose owners are difficult or even impossible to locate. Concerns have been raised that the uncertainty surrounding ownership of such works might needlessly discourage subsequent creators and users from incorporating such works in new creative efforts or making such works available to the public. This notice requests written comments from all interested parties. Specifically, the Office is seeking comments on whether there are compelling concerns raised by orphan works that merit a legislative, regulatory or other solution, and what type of solution could effectively address these concerns without conflicting with the legitimate interests of authors and right holders.
Registration of Claims to Copyright: New Format for Certain Copyright Registration Certificates
The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is changing the format of certain copyright registration certificates issued under the Copyright Act. Certificates in the new format will be issued only for motion pictures and other audiovisual works registered in class PA, as part of a pilot project. For all other categories of registrations, the certificate format will not change. The substantive content of all certificates will remain the same.
Notice of Intent To Audit
The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is announcing receipt of three notices of intent to audit preexisting subscription services that transmit sound recordings under statutory licenses. The audits intend to verify statements of account for the years 2001, 2002, and 2003.