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Deposit Requirements for Registration of Automated Databases That Predominantly Consist of Photographs
Document Number: 2012-16723
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-09
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is amending its regulations governing the deposit requirements for applications for automated databases that consist predominantly of photographs. The amendments require that, in addition to providing material related to claimed compilation authorship, the deposits for such databases include the image of each photograph in which copyright is claimed.
Registration of Claims to Copyright
Document Number: 2012-15235
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-06-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office issues this statement of policy to clarify the practices relating to the examination of claims in compilations, and particularly in claims of copyrightable authorship in selection and arrangement of exercises or of other uncopyrightable matter. The statement also clarifies the Office's policies with respect to registration of choreographic works.
Verification of Statements of Account Submitted by Cable Operators and Satellite Carriers
Document Number: 2012-14454
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-06-14
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is proposing a new regulation to implement provisions in the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (``STELA'') that will allow copyright owners to audit certain Statements of Account filed with the Copyright Office. Cable operators and satellite carriers pay royalties to and file Statements of Account with the Copyright Office every six months as required by law for the use of the statutory licenses that allow for the retransmission of programming carried on over-the-air broadcast signals. However, until the passage of STELA the licenses did not authorize the copyright owners, who are the beneficiaries of the royalties collected, to audit the information on Statements of Account and the amounts paid for use of the statutory licenses.
Electronic Filing in the Copyright Office of Notices of Intention To Obtain a Section 115 Compulsory License
Document Number: 2012-12652
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations for filing Notices of Intention to obtain a Section 115 compulsory license with the Copyright Office to provide an option for electronically filing the notice. By law, such notices may be filed in the Office only when the public records of the Copyright Office do not identify the copyright owner of the musical work and include an address at which notice can be served. In addition, the Copyright Office is proposing to clarify in its regulations that it does not examine Notices of Intention filed with the Office for legal sufficiency and to include a Privacy Act Advisory Statement.
Registration of Copyright: Definition of Claimant
Document Number: 2012-11879
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-05-17
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office proposes to amend its regulations governing the definition of a ``claimant'' for purposes of copyright registration by eliminating the footnote to the definition of a ``claimant'' in Sec. 202.3(a)(3)(ii). The footnote currently extends the definition of a claimant to include individuals or entities that have obtained the contractual right to claim legal title to copyright in an application for copyright registration. This amendment would clarify that the copyright claimant must be either the author of the work, or a person or organization that has obtained ownership of all of the exclusive rights initially belonging to the author. The Copyright Office believes that the footnote creates considerable legal uncertainty while offering no clear benefits to the registration system. Removing it will foster the use of other available registration options that create a more meaningful public record.
Discontinuance of Form CO in Registration Practices
Document Number: C1-2012-7429
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-04-09
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
Cable Statutory License: Specialty Station List
Document Number: 2012-7430
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is publishing a final list of stations listed in affidavits sent to the Copyright Office in which the owner or licensee of the station attests that the station qualifies as a specialty station in accordance with the Federal Communications Commission's (``FCC'') definition of specialty station in effect on June 24, 1981. The list shall be used to verify the specialty station status of those stations identified as such by cable systems on their semi-annual statements of account.
Discontinuance of Form CO in Registration Practices
Document Number: 2012-7429
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is amending its regulations in order to discontinue use of the Form CO application as an option for applying for copyright registration, and in order to remove references to CON 1 and CON 2 continuation sheets. The removal of Form CO leaves applicants a choice of filing an application for registration electronically or by using the appropriate printed application form relating to the subject matter of the application. The amendment also removes the references to CON 1 and CON 2 continuation sheets, which were never developed or made available to the public; the regulations instead now refer only to the continuation sheets currently available for applicants filing paper applications and makes other housekeeping amendments relating to applications for copyright registration.
Copyright Office Fees
Document Number: 2012-7428
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is proposing the adoption of new fees for the registration of claims, recordation of documents, special services, Licensing Division services, and processing of FOIA requests. The proposed fees would recover a significant part of the costs to the Office for services that benefit both copyright owners and the public, and provide full cost recovery for many services which benefit only or primarily the user of that service. As part of the fee setting process, the Office is providing an opportunity to the public to comment on the proposed changes before submitting the fee schedule to Congress for review.
Fees
Document Number: 2012-7427
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is publishing a final rule establishing an additional fee for a particular service: Travel expenses in connection with educational activities.
Copyright Office Fees
Document Number: 2012-1340
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office is in the process of reviewing its fees for services and will publish a proposed revised fee schedule in the spring. As part of the process of formulating that fee schedule, the Office seeks the views of interested parties on two particular issues: (1) With respect to the basic registration fee, should special consideration be provided to individual author-claimants registering a single work, and (2) are there any special services and corresponding fees the Office should expand, improve or add to its offerings at this time, including, for example, additional expedited services and fee options.
Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies
Document Number: 2011-32509
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-20
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office (``Office'') seeks comments on proposals to exempt certain classes of works from the prohibition on circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. The Office has initiated a rulemaking proceeding in accordance with provisions added by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (``DMCA'') which provide that the Librarian of Congress (``Librarian''), upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, may exempt certain classes of works from the prohibition against circumvention. The purpose of this proceeding is to determine whether there are particular classes of works as to which users are, or are likely to be, adversely affected in their ability to make noninfringing uses due to the prohibition on circumvention. This notice publishes the classes of works received by the Office, which were proposed by several parties in the comment period that ended on December 1, 2011.
Cable Statutory License: Specialty Station List; Correction
Document Number: 2011-30522
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
Periodically, the Copyright Office (``Office'') seeks to update its list of specialty stations related to the use of the cable compulsory license. In response to the publication of an initial list of specialty stations for this purpose in April of this year, the Office received objections filed by the Motion Picture Association of America to the identification of certain stations as being entitled to specialty station status in accordance with the Federal Communications Commission's (``FCC'') definition of specialty station in effect on June 24, 1981. Corrections are being made to the specialty station list published on November 8, 2011.
Cable Statutory License: Specialty Station List
Document Number: 2011-28939
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-08
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
Periodically, the Copyright Office (``Office'') seeks to update its list of specialty stations related to the use of the cable compulsory license. In response to the publication of an initial list of specialty stations for this purpose in April of this year, the Office received objections filed by the Motion Picture Association of America to the identification of certain stations as being entitled to specialty station status in accordance with the Federal Communications Commission's (``FCC'') definition of specialty station in effect on June 24, 1981. Consequently, before compiling the final list, the Office is providing an opportunity for response to the filed objections. The Office is also publishing for comment a new list of television stations reported in filed affidavits received after publication of the initial list in which the owner or licensee of the television station attests that the station qualifies as a specialty station under the FCC's former rules.
Remedies for Small Copyright Claims
Document Number: 2011-27824
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-27
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a study at the request of Congress to assess whether and, if so, how the current legal system hinders or prevents copyright owners from pursuing copyright infringement claims that have a relatively small economic value (``small copyright claims''); and recommend potential changes in administrative, regulatory, and statutory authority to improve the adjudication of these small copyright claims. The Office thus seeks comment on how copyright owners have handled small copyright claims and the obstacles they have encountered, as well as potential alternatives to the current legal system that could better accommodate such claims. This is a general inquiry and the Office will publish additional notices on this topic.
Discontinuance of Form CO in Registration Practices
Document Number: 2011-25230
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-30
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The United States Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations to discontinue use of the Form CO application as an option for applying for copyright registration; and remove the references to CON 1 and CON 2 sheets. Form CO applications comprise only a small percentage of all applications submitted but they contain a significant number of errors, thus requiring a disproportionate amount of the Office's time, effort and resources to process. The proposed amendments would remove references to Form CO and would instead allow applicants a choice to file an application for registration either by filing the application electronically or by using the appropriate printed application form that relates to the subject matter of the application (i.e., Form TX for nondramatic literary works, Form PA for works of the performing arts, Form VA for works of visual art, Form SR for sound recordings, and Form SE for serials). Additionally, the proposed amendment would remove the references to CON 1 and CON 2 sheets, which were never developed or made available to the public, and would instead refer only to the continuation sheets currently available for applicants filing paper applications.
Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies
Document Number: 2011-25106
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The United States Copyright Office is preparing to conduct proceedings in accordance with provisions added by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which provide that the Librarian of Congress, upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, may exempt certain classes of works from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. The purpose of this rulemaking proceeding is to determine whether there are particular classes of works as to which users are, or are likely to be, adversely affected in their ability to make noninfringing uses due to the prohibition on circumvention. This notice requests written comments from all interested parties, including representatives of copyright owners, educational institutions, libraries and archives, scholars, researchers and members of the public, in order to elicit evidence on whether noninfringing uses of certain classes of works are, or are likely to be, adversely affected by this prohibition on the circumvention of measures that control access to copyrighted works.
Designation of Agent To Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement
Document Number: 2011-24780
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office is issuing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit public comment on proposals to update its interim regulations governing the designation by online service providers of agents to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement as provided for in the Copyright Act.
Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel Rules and Procedures
Document Number: 2011-17657
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-13
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is making an amendment to its regulations by removing Part 251 Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel Rules of Procedure. In 2004, Congress replaced the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panels with three Copyright Royalty Judges who operate under separate regulations.
Fees for Special Handling of Registration Claims
Document Number: 2011-16432
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-30
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office is extending for one year the interim rule relating to fees for special handling of registration claims that have been pending for at least six months. Currently, the interim rule is set to expire on July 1, 2011, and this extension will change the expiration date to July 1, 2012.
Gap in Termination Provisions
Document Number: 2011-13845
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-06
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office is amending its regulations governing notices of termination of certain grants of transfers and licenses of copyright under section 203 of the Copyright Act. The amendments are intended to clarify the recordation practices of the Copyright Office regarding the content of certain notices of termination, and the circumstances under which such notices will be accepted by the Office. In particular, they clarify that the Copyright Office will record section 203 notices of termination of grants for works created after 1977 even when the agreement to make a grant was made before 1978.
Registration and Recordation Program
Document Number: 2011-11719
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-05-13
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is making non-substantive amendments to its regulations to reflect a reorganization that has moved the Recordation function from the Visual Arts and Recordation Division of the Registration and Recordation Program to the Information and Records Division. As a result of this reorganization, the name of the Registration and Recordation Program has been changed to the Registration Program.
Section 302 Report
Document Number: 2011-11226
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-10
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
In Section 302 of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, Congress directed the Copyright Office (``Office'') to prepare a report addressing possible mechanisms, methods, and recommendations for phasing out the statutory licensing requirements set forth in Sections 111, 119, and 122 of the Copyright Act. The Office published a Notice of Inquiry (``NOI'') in the Federal Register, seeking comments on issues related to Section 302. 76 FR 11816 (March 3, 2011). The Office announces that it will hold a public hearing on the issues raised by the NOI on June 10, 2011.
Federal Copyright Protection of Sound Recordings Fixed Before February 15, 1972
Document Number: 2011-11224
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-05-09
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office will host a public meeting to discuss the desirability and means of bringing sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972 under Federal jurisdiction. The meeting will provide a forum, in the form of a roundtable discussion, for interested parties to address the legal, policy, and factual questions raised so far regarding pre-1972 sound recordings. It will take place on June 2 and 3, 2011 at the Copyright Office in Washington, DC. In order to participate in the meeting, interested parties should submit a request via the Copyright Office Web site.
Cable Statutory License: Specialty Station List
Document Number: 2011-9806
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-22
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is publishing an initial list of television stations listed in filed affidavits in which the owner or licensee of the television station attests that the station qualifies as a specialty station in accordance with the Federal Communications Commission's (``FCC'') definition of specialty station in effect on June 24, 1981, and is requesting any objections to an owner's claim of specialty station status be filed with the Copyright Office. The final list shall be used to verify the specialty station status of those television stations identified as such by cable systems on their semi- annual statements of account.
Notice of Public Meeting: Technical Aspects of Mandatory Deposit of Published Electronic Works Available Only Online
Document Number: 2011-9013
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-14
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress will host a public meeting on May 24, 2011, with members of the publishing community to discuss lessons learned from the Office's receipt of electronic deposits in fulfillment of the mandatory deposit requirements of the copyright law. The objective is to identify file submission, packaging, and formatting standards that can effectively and efficiently be adapted to the workflow requirements for both the publishing community and the Library of Congress.
Section 302 Report
Document Number: 2011-8730
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-12
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
In Section 302 of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (``STELA''), Congress directed the Copyright Office (``Office'') to prepare a report addressing possible mechanisms, methods, and recommendations for phasing out the statutory licensing requirements set forth in Sections 111, 119, and 122 of the Copyright Act. The Office published a Notice of Inquiry (``NOI'') in the Federal Register on March 3, 2011, seeking comment on issues related to Section 302. (76 FR 11816). This notice is extending the time in which comments and reply comments can be filed in this proceeding.
Section 302 Report
Document Number: 2011-5237
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-08
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office published in the Federal Register of March 3, 2011, a Notice of Inquiry seeking comments for a report to Congress addressing possible recommendations for phasing out the statutory licensing requirements in Section 111, 119, and 122 of the Copyright Act.
Section 302 Report
Document Number: 2011-4717
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-03
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
Congress has directed the Copyright Office (``Office'') to prepare a report addressing possible mechanisms, methods, and recommendations for phasing out the statutory licensing requirements set forth in Sections 111, 119, and 122 of the Copyright Act. This notice seeks comment on marketplace solutions to replace the use of the statutory licenses for the retransmission of over-the-air broadcast signals, suggestions for ways to implement market-based licensing practices, and legislative and regulatory actions that would be needed to bring about these changes.
Federal Copyright Protection of Sound Recordings Fixed Before February 15, 1972
Document Number: 2011-4126
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-24
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is extending the deadline for filing reply comments in response to its Notice of Inquiry requesting public input on the desirability and means of bringing sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972 under federal jurisdiction. Initial comments are available for review on the Copyright Office Web site.
Administration of Copyright Office Deposit Accounts
Document Number: 2011-3598
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is amending its regulations to set the minimum level of activity required to hold a deposit account at 12 transactions per year; require deposit account holders to maintain a minimum balance in that account; require the closure of a deposit account the second time it is overdrawn within any 12-month period; and offer deposit account holders the option of automatic replenishment of their account via their bank account or credit card.
Deposit Requirements for Registration of Automated Databases That Predominantly Consist of Photographs
Document Number: 2011-1884
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations, including the recently published interim regulations regarding electronic registration of automated databases that consist predominantly of photographs and group registration of published photographs (the ``Interim Regulations''), governing the deposit requirements for applications for automated databases that consist predominantly of photographs. The proposed amendments would require that, in addition to providing material relating to claimed compilation authorship, the deposits for such databases include the image of each photograph in which copyright is claimed. The Office believes that this amendment will align the deposit requirements for such databases with the deposit requirements for published or unpublished photographs as a single work or group registration of published photographs and provide a better public record identifying the scope of the copyright claim.
Cable Compulsory License: Specialty Station List
Document Number: 2011-1883
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-28
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is compiling a new specialty station list to identify commercial television broadcast stations which, according to their owners, qualified as specialty stations under the former distant signal carriage rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The list has been periodically updated to reflect an accurate listing of specialty stations. The Copyright Office is again requesting all interested owners of television broadcast stations that qualify as specialty stations, including those that previously filed affidavits, to submit sworn affidavits to the Copyright Office stating that the programming of their stations meets the requirements specified under the FCC regulations in effect on June 24, 1981.
Registration of Claims of Copyright
Document Number: 2011-1332
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-24
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is adopting interim regulations governing the electronic submission of applications for registration of automated databases that predominantly consist of photographs, and applications for group registration of published photographs. This interim rule establishes a testing period and pilot program during which the Copyright Office will assess the desirability and feasibility of permanently allowing such applications to be submitted through the Copyright Office's electronic filing system (``eCO''). Persons wishing to submit electronic applications to register copyrights of such photographic databases or of groups of published photographs should contact the Visual Arts Division for permission and guidance on electronic registration. Notwithstanding the ordinary deposit requirements for group registration of automated databases, an electronic application for group registration of an automated database that consists predominantly of photographic authorship must include the image of each claimed photograph in the database. The interim regulations also allow applicants to use forms other than Form TX, as appropriate, when submitting paper applications to register group automated databases.
Gap in Termination Provisions
Document Number: 2010-32864
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-12-29
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is extending the time in which comments can be filed in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend its regulations governing notices of termination of certain grants of transfers and licenses of copyright under section 203 of the Copyright Act of 1976.
Federal Copyright Protection of Sound Recordings Fixed Before February 15, 1972
Document Number: 2010-30213
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-01
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is extending the time in which comments and reply comments can be filed in response to its Notice of Inquiry requesting public input on the desirability and means of bringing sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, under Federal jurisdiction.
Gap in Termination Provisions
Document Number: 2010-29743
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-11-26
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations governing notices of termination of certain grants of transfers and licenses of copyright under section 203 of the Copyright Act of 1976. The amendments are intended to clarify the recordation practices of the Copyright Office regarding the content of section 203 notices of termination and the timeliness of their service and recordation, including a clarification that the Office will accept for recordation under section 203 a notice of termination of a grant agreed to before January 1, 1978 as long as the work that is the subject of the grant was not created before 1978. Whether such notices of termination fall within the scope of section 203 will ultimately be a matter to be resolved by the courts.
Federal Copyright Protection of Sound Recordings Fixed Before February 15, 1972
Document Number: 2010-29139
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-18
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
Refunds Under the Cable Statutory License
Document Number: 2010-25652
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-10-12
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office published in the Federal Register of October 4, 2010, a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning refunds under the cable statutory license. This document corrects the date for submitting reply comments.
Minimum Balance Requirement and Automatic Replenishment Option for Deposit Account Holders
Document Number: 2010-25129
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-10-08
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations to set the minimum level of activity required to hold a deposit account at 12 transactions per year; require deposit account holders to maintain a minimum balance in that account; mandate the closure of a deposit account the second time it is overdrawn; and offer deposit account holders the option of automatic replenishment of their account via their bank account or credit card.
Refunds Under the Cable Statutory License
Document Number: 2010-24779
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-10-04
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Office seeks comment on whether a cable operator may receive refunds in situations where it has failed to pay for the carriage of distant signals on a system-wide basis under the Copyright Act, before it was amended to allow a cable system to calculate its royalty fees on a community-by-community basis.
Implementation of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010
Document Number: 2010-22814
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-17
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office amends its rules governing statements of account for cable systems and satellite carriers to reflect changes resulting from the recent enactment of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010.
Waiver of Statement of Account Filing Deadline for the 2010/1 Period
Document Number: 2010-20956
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-08-25
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office extends the deadline for the filing of the 2010/1 cable statements of account to September 29, 2010. In granting the extension, the Office waives the filing requirements under Section 201.17(c)(1) of its rules. The passage of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (STELA) and the subsequent work by the Office to revise the cable statements of account, in light of STELA(s amendments to the Copyright Act, have impaired the timely availability of the on-line forms cable operators use to pay their royalty fees. These circumstances will make it extremely difficult for many cable operators to comply with the current deadline. For these reasons, therefore, the Office deems the extension necessary and in the public interest.
Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies
Document Number: 2010-19007
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-08-06
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office makes a nonsubstantial correction to its regulation announcing the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works shall not apply to persons who engage in noninfringing uses of six classes of copyrighted works.
Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies
Document Number: 2010-18339
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-07-27
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Librarian of Congress announces that the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works shall not apply to persons who engage in noninfringing uses of six classes of copyrighted works.
Adjustment of Royalty Fee for Cable Compulsory License
Document Number: 2010-14060
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-06-10
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
Gap in Termination Provisions; Inquiry
Document Number: 2010-11619
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-14
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office is extending the time in which reply comments may be filed on the topic of the application of Title 17 to the termination of certain grants of transfers or licenses of copyright, specifically those for which execution of the grant occurred prior to January 1, 1978 and creation of the work occurred on or after January 1, 1978.
The Register of Copyrights’ and the Copyright Royalty Judges’ authority to determine the constitutionality of 17 U.S.C. 114(f)(5)
Document Number: 2010-11116
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-11
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
Two material questions of substantive law were referred to the Register of Copyrights concerning the authority of the Register of Copyrights and the Copyright Royalty Judges to determine the constitutionality of 17 U.S.C. 114(f)(5). The Register of Copyrights responded by delivering a Memorandum Opinion to the Copyright Royalty Board on April 30, 2010.
Section 111 and Interest Payments
Document Number: 2010-8970
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-04-20
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office makes a technical amendment to its rule on interest payments by cable operators.
Gap in Termination Provisions; Inquiry
Document Number: 2010-6936
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-03-29
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office, Copyright Office, Library of Congress
The Copyright Office is seeking comments regarding the application of Title 17 to the termination of certain grants of transfers or licenses of copyright, specifically those for which execution of the grant occurred prior to January 1, 1978 and creation of the work occurred on or after January 1, 1978. The Copyright Office is seeking comments at this time because the deadlines for serving notices of termination for 1978 grants will begin to expire in 2011 and some stakeholders have raised questions with the Office and some Congressional Offices.