Copyright Claims Board: Initiation of Proceedings and Related Procedures
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish procedures governing the initial stages of a proceeding before the Copyright Claims Board. The proposed rule provides requirements regarding the filing of a claim, the Board's compliance review of the claim, service, issuance of notice of the claim, the respondent's opt-out election, responses, and counterclaims. The Office intends to initiate subsequent rulemakings regarding additional procedures.
Notice of Intent To Audit
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt from SoundExchange, Inc., of a notice of intent to audit the 2018, 2019, and 2020 statements of account submitted by commercial webcaster iHeartMedia concerning the royalty payments it made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Distribution of Satellite Royalty Funds
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on a motion of Multigroup Claimants for partial distribution of 2015-2017 satellite royalty funds.
Distribution of Cable Royalty Funds
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on a motion of Multigroup Claimants for partial distribution of 2015-2017 cable royalty funds.
Small Claims Procedures for Library and Archives Opt-Outs and Class Actions
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the procedures for libraries and archives to opt out of proceedings before the Copyright Claims Board (``CCB'') and the procedures for a party before the CCB with respect to a class action proceeding, under the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020. The Office invites public comments on this proposed rule.