Copyright Claims Board: Representation by Law Students and of Business Entities
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish procedures governing the appearance of law student representatives and employees of business entities in proceedings before the Copyright Claims Board.
Adjustment of Cable Statutory License Royalty Rates
The Copyright Royalty Judges published for comment a proposed settlement governing royalty rates and terms for the retransmission of over-the-air television and radio broadcast stations by cable television systems to their subscribers. Having received no comments, the Judges adopt the existing rates and terms as proposed by the settlement.
Technical Measures: Public Consultations
The U.S. Copyright Office is announcing a series of consultations on technical measures to identify or protect copyrighted works online. The Office plans to hold a plenary session to launch consultations on this issue on February 22, 2022, to be followed by smaller sectoral consultations thereafter. To aid in this effort, the Office also is seeking public input on a number of questions.
Notice of Intent To Audit
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.
Deferred Registration Examination Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment
The U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a public study to evaluate the merits of providing an option to defer examination of copyright registration application materials until a later request by the applicant. To aid in this effort, the Office is soliciting input from interested members of the public.
Copyright Claims Board: Active Proceedings and Evidence
The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish procedures governing active proceedings before the Copyright Claims Board and post-determination procedures. The proposed rule provides requirements regarding procedural practice, scheduling, conferences, discovery, written testimony, hearings, settlement, smaller claims, default and failure to prosecute, records, post-determination procedures, and conduct of parties. The Office intends to initiate a subsequent rulemaking regarding law student representation.
Cost of Living Adjustment to Royalty Rates for Webcaster Statutory License
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce a cost of living adjustment (COLA) in the royalty rates that commercial and noncommercial noninteractive webcasters pay for eligible transmissions pursuant to the statutory licenses for the public performance of and for the making of ephemeral reproductions of sound recordings.