Library of Congress January 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Copyright Office Fees
Document Number: 2013-01291
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-01-25
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, United States Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadline for filing reply comments regarding its notice of proposed rulemaking concerning the establishment of a fee schedule for filing cable and satellite statements of account for use of the statutory licenses that provide for the secondary transmission of broadcast programming by cable and satellite companies.
Distribution of the 2011 Cable Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2013-01024
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-18
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are soliciting comments on a motion of Phase I claimants for partial distribution in connection with the 2011 cable royalty funds. The Judges are also requesting comments as to the existence of Phase I and Phase II controversies with respect to the distribution of 2011 cable royalty funds.
Distribution of 2011 Satellite Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2013-01023
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-18
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are soliciting comments on a motion of Phase I claimants for partial distribution in connection with the 2011 satellite royalty funds. The Judges are also requesting comments as to the existence of Phase I and Phase II controversies with respect to the distribution of 2011 satellite royalty funds.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2013-00541
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-14
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are announcing receipt of a notice of intent to audit the 2009, 2010, and 2011 statements of account submitted by Last.fm, Ltd., concerning the royalty payments made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Refunds Under the Cable Statutory License
Document Number: 2013-00171
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-01-09
Agency: Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions, Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is amending its regulations to clarify its practices for providing refunds of cable royalties under the provisions of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (``STELA''). A cable operator must pay royalties to and file Statements of Account with the Office every six months in order to use the statutory license that allows for the retransmission of over-the-air broadcast signals under 17 U.S.C. 111. STELA allows a cable operator to calculate its royalty obligation for the carriage of distant signals on a community-by-community basis for accounting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2010, instead of calculating its royalty obligation based on the system as a whole. STELA also states that a cable operator shall not be subject to an infringement action if it used the subscriber group methodology to calculate its royalty obligation in a Statement filed prior to the effective date of STELA. Although a cable operator cannot be held liable for using the subscriber group methodology, the regulation clarifies that a cable operator's obligation to pay for the carriage of distant signals prior to the effective date of STELA was determined on a system-wide basis. Therefore, refunds for an overpayment of royalty fees on a Statement filed prior to the effective date of STELA will be made only when a cable operator has satisfied its outstanding royalty obligations (if any), including the obligation to pay for the carriage of each distant signal on a system-wide basis.