Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Determination of Rates and Terms for Public Broadcasting (PB III)
Document Number: 2017-23991
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-11-07
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on proposed rates and terms for use of certain works in connection with noncommercial broadcasting for the period commencing January 1, 2018, and ending on December 31, 2022.
Distribution of 2015 Satellite Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2017-20926
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-29
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit reply comments on a motion of Allocation Phase claimants for partial distribution of 2015 satellite royalty funds.
Adjustment of Royalty Rates for Statutory Cable Retransmission License
Document Number: 2017-20190
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-09-22
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit reply comments on the legal issue of the purported reach of the proposed rules relating to a cable system license royalty surcharge for retransmission of broadcasts of certain professional sports events.
Distribution of the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Digital Audio Recording Technology Royalty Funds for the Musical Works Funds
Document Number: 2017-18569
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-01
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce the commencement of a proceeding to determine the distribution of the digital audio recording technology royalty fees in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Musical Works Funds. The Judges also announce the date by which a party who wishes to participate in this proceeding must file its Petition to Participate and the accompanying filing fee, if applicable.
Distribution of 2015 DART Sound Recordings Fund Royalties (Copyright Owners and Featured Artists Subfunds)
Document Number: 2017-17166
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-15
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on a motion for partial distribution in connection with 2015 DART Sound Recordings Fund royalties.
Notice of SoundExchange's Intent To Audit Music Choice's “Preexisting” Subscription Service and Business Establishment Service for CY 2016
Document Number: 2017-15528
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-25
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of a notice of intent to audit the 2016 statements of account of Music Choice concerning the royalty payments its Preexisting Subscription Service and Business Establishments Service made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Proceedings of the Copyright Royalty Board; Violation of Standards of Conduct
Document Number: 2017-13277
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-06-26
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges seek reply comments regarding a proposed new Copyright Royalty Board rule that would authorize the Judges to bar, either temporarily or permanently, certain individuals and entities from participating in proceedings before the Judges.
Procedural Regulations for the Copyright Royalty Board Regarding Electronic Filing of Claims
Document Number: 2017-12114
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-06-13
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are amending regulations governing claims to royalty fees deposited with the Copyright Office under compulsory licenses to reflect implementation of a new electronic filing system and to consolidate cable and satellite rules.
Adjustment of Cable Statutory License Royalty Rates
Document Number: 2017-10970
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) publish for comment proposed regulations to require covered cable systems to pay a separate per-telecast royalty (a Sports Surcharge) in addition to the other royalties that that cable system must pay under Section 111 of the Copyright Act.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2017-09546
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of a notice of intent to audit the 2015 and 2016 statements of account submitted by commercial webcaster Pandora Media, Inc. concerning the royalty payments it made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Distribution of 2015 Cable Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2017-08289
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-25
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on a motion of Allocation Phase Claimants for partial distribution of 2015 cable royalty funds.
Procedural Regulations for the Copyright Royalty Board: Organization, General Administrative Provisions
Document Number: 2017-07928
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-04-20
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are amending and augmenting procedural regulations governing the filing and delivery of documents to allow for electronic filing of documents.
Proceedings of the Copyright Royalty Board; Violation of Standards of Conduct
Document Number: 2017-07403
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-04-20
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges propose to adopt a new Copyright Royalty Board rule that would authorize the Judges to bar, either temporarily or permanently, certain individuals and entities from participating in proceedings before the Judges.
Distribution of 2015 Satellite Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2017-07648
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-17
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on a motion of Allocation Phase claimants for partial distribution of 2015 satellite royalty funds.
Determination of Royalty Rates and Terms for Making and Distributing Phonorecords (Phonorecords III); Subpart A Configurations of the Mechanical License
Document Number: 2017-06065
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-28
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges publish final regulations that set continued, unaltered rates and terms for subpart A configurations subject to the statutory license to use nondramatic musical works to make and distribute phonorecords of those works (the Mechanical License). In addition, the Judges correct an outdated cross-reference in the regulations.
Copyright Royalty Board Regulations Regarding Filing of Claims to Royalty Fees Collected Under Compulsory License
Document Number: 2017-05239
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-17
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges propose to amend regulations governing the filing of claims to royalty fees collected under compulsory license to reflect implementation of a new electronic filing system and to consolidate cable and satellite rules. The Judges solicit comments on the proposed rule.
Distribution of 2010-13 Cable Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2017-01358
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce settlement of controversies and requests for partial distribution of cable television distant retransmission royalties claimed by National Public Radio (NPR) and Music Claimants. National Public Radio appeared in this proceeding on its own behalf and on behalf of its NPR Members retransmitted as distant signals by cable television operators. Music Claimants include Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), as well as SESAC, Inc.
Distribution of 2010-13 Satellite Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2017-01357
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce settlement of controversies and a request for partial distribution of satellite television retransmission royalties claimed by Music Claimants. Music Claimants include Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), as well as SESAC, Inc.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2017-01321
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2017-01320
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of three notices of intent to audit the 2013, 2014, and 2015 statements of account submitted by commercial webcasters Radionomy (Docket No. 17-CRB-0004- AU), IMVU, Inc. (Docket No. 17-CRB-0007-AU), and Slacker, Inc. (Docket No. 17-CRB-0010-AU), concerning the royalty payments each made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2017-01319
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of two notices of intent to audit the 2013, 2014, and 2015 statements of account submitted by broadcasters Cox Radio (Docket No. 17-CRB-0009-AU) and Hubbard Broadcasting (Docket No. 17-CRB-0008-AU) concerning royalty payments each made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2017-01318
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of a notice of intent to audit the 2013, 2014, and 2015 statements of account of Music Choice concerning the royalty payments its Preexisting Subscription Service and Business Establishments Service made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Determination of Royalty Rates and Terms for Making Ephemeral Copies of Sound Recordings for Transmission to Business Establishments (Business Establishments III)
Document Number: 2016-31685
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-03
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) announce commencement of a proceeding \1\ to determine reasonable royalty rates and terms for the recording of ephemeral copies of sound recordings pursuant to 17 U.S.C. 112(e)(1) to facilitate digital audio transmissions of those sound recordings to business establishments pursuant to the limitation on exclusive rights specified by 17 U.S.C. 114(d)(1)(C)(iv). The royalty rates and terms the Judges determine in this proceeding will apply during the period beginning January 1, 2019, and ending December 31, 2023. The Judges also announce the date by which a party wishing to participate in the rate determination proceeding must file its Petition to Participate and pay the accompanying $150 filing fee.
Notice and Recordkeeping for Use of Sound Recordings Under Statutory License; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2016-29761
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
On August 10, 2016, the Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) published in the Federal Register for comment proposed amendments to regulations governing reporting requirements for noncommercial webcasters, including noncommercial educational webcasters, that pay no more than the minimum fee for their use of sound recordings under the applicable statutory licenses. The Judges received three comments. The Judges hereby publish the final rule.
Cost of Living Adjustment to Royalty Rates for Webcaster Statutory License
Document Number: 2016-29019
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
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.
Cost of Living Adjustment to Satellite Carrier Compulsory License Royalty Rates
Document Number: 2016-28180
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 1.6% in the royalty rates satellite carriers pay for a compulsory license under the Copyright Act. The COLA is based on the change in the Consumer Price Index from October 2015 to October 2016.
Cost of Living Adjustment for Performance of Musical Compositions by Colleges and Universities
Document Number: 2016-28178
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 2% in the royalty rates that colleges, universities, and other educational institutions not affiliated with National Public Radio pay for the use of published nondramatic musical compositions in the SESAC repertory for the statutory license under the Copyright Act for noncommercial broadcasting.
Electronic Filing of Documents
Document Number: 2016-27932
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges propose to amend procedural regulations governing the filing and delivery of documents to allow for electronic filing of documents. The Judges solicit comments on the proposed rule.
Procedural Regulations for the Copyright Royalty Board: Rates and Terms for Statutory Licenses; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2016-27885
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are amending their regulations to relocate the provisions regarding coin-operated phonorecord players from the section of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that contains Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) regulations to the section of the CFR that contains Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) regulations so that the Copyright Office may remove the outdated CARP regulation.
Determination of Rates and Terms for Making and Distributing Phonorecords (Phonorecords III); Comment Period Extension
Document Number: 2016-25075
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-18
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce that they will accept reply comments in response to comments they received about a proposed rule regarding rates and terms applicable during the upcoming rate period for the section 115 statutory license for making and distributing phonorecords of nondramatic musical works.
Adjustment of Cable Statutory License Royalty Rates
Document Number: 2016-20529
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-13
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
On April 26, 2016, the Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) published for comment proposed regulations governing royalty rates and terms for the distant retransmission of over-the-air television and radio broadcast stations by cable television systems to their subscribers. The participants in the proceeding concluded their negotiations and asked for readoption of the cable rate regulations without change. The Judges accepted the negotiated settlement and did not propose any substantive changes to the participants' proposed rates and terms. However, the Judges' proposed regulations updated terms, moved the rules to the chapter of the CFR that includes other applicable rules of the Copyright Royalty Board, and proposed certain other non-substantive changes to make the rules easier to read. The Judges received comments from the Phase I parties on the proposed changes and finding the suggested revisions therein clarified the rule, accepted all of the proposed changes.
Notice and Recordkeeping for Use of Sound Recordings Under Statutory License; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2016-19097
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-08-10
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
On June 21, 2016, the Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) published in the Federal Register a technical amendment to regulations that govern reporting requirements for noncommercial educational webcasters that pay no more than the minimum fee for their use of sound recordings under the applicable statutory licenses. Subsequently, interested parties petitioned the Judges to amend the regulations further to effect the Judges' stated intent. The Judges' hereby publish the proposed amendment and request comments to the proposed rule.
Determination of Rates and Terms for Making and Distributing Phonorecords (Phonorecords III)
Document Number: 2016-17437
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-07-25
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges publish for comment proposed regulations that set rates and terms applicable during the period beginning January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2022, for the section 115 statutory license for making and distributing phonorecords of nondramatic musical works.
Distribution of 2013 Digital Audio Recording Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2016-16336
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-11
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce their determination regarding distribution of the Digital Audio Recording Technologies (DART) royalties deposited with the Licensing Division of the Copyright Office during 2013 to copyright owners and featured recording artists. The Judges issued their determination to the participants in the proceeding in March 2016 and received one motion for rehearing. On May 6, 2016, the Judges denied the motion and forwarded the determination to the Register of Copyrights for the mandatory 60-day review prior to publication in the Federal Register in accordance with 17 U.S.C. 801(f)(1)(D) & 803(c)(6).\1\
Notice and Recordkeeping for Use of Sound Recordings Under Statutory License; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2016-14572
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-21
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges published in the Federal Register of May 19, 2016, a document amending regulations that govern reporting requirements for noncommercial educational webcasters that pay no more than the minimum fee for their use of sound recordings under the applicable statutory licenses. Inadvertently, the amendments did not remove a superseded definition and did not include a new defined term in the operative regulations. This document corrects those inadvertent omissions.
Notice and Recordkeeping for Use of Sound Recordings Under Statutory License
Document Number: 2016-11746
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-19
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are amending a Copyright Royalty Board rule regarding reporting requirements for certain Educational Stations that pay no more than the minimum fee for their use of sound recordings under the applicable statutory licenses.
Distribution of the 2012-2013 Digital Audio Recording Technology Musical Works Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2016-11561
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-17
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on a motion for partial distribution in connection with 2012 and 2013 DART Musical Works Fund royalties.
Determination of Royalty Rates and Terms for Ephemeral Recording and Webcasting Digital Performance of Sound Recordings (Web IV)
Document Number: 2016-09707
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce their determination of rates and terms for two statutory licenses (permitting certain digital performances of sound recordings and the making of ephemeral recordings) for the period beginning January 1, 2016, and ending on December 31, 2020.
Distribution of 2014 Satellite Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2016-10094
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-29
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on a motion of Phase I claimants for partial distribution of 2014 satellite royalty funds.
Adjustment of Cable Statutory License Royalty Rates
Document Number: 2016-09635
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-26
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) announce partial settlement of the proceeding to adjust the rates for the cable statutory license described in section 111 of the Copyright Act (Rate Adjustment Proceeding). The Judges also announce commencement of further proceedings resulting from action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) effecting a change in the Sports Rule. Any party that has filed a Petition to Participate in the present proceeding may file a Notice of Intent to Participate in the Sports Rule Surcharge portion of the proceeding without payment of a further filing fee. Any other party in interest wishing to participate in the Sports Rule Surcharge portion of the proceeding must file its Petition to Participate and pay the $150 filing fee.
Adjustment of Cable Statutory License Royalty Rates
Document Number: 2016-09626
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-04-26
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) publish for comment proposed regulations governing royalty rates and terms for the distant retransmission of over-the-air television and radio broadcast stations by cable television systems to their subscribers.
Distribution of the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 Cable Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2016-06923
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce the final Phase II distribution of cable royalty funds for the years 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 for the Program Suppliers programming category.
Distribution of 2014 Cable Royalty Funds
Document Number: 2016-04274
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-29
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit comments on a motion of Phase I claimants for partial distribution of 2014 cable royalty funds.
Proceedings of the Copyright Royalty Board; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2016-03599
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-02-22
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges are adopting a technical amendment to a Copyright Royalty Board rule regarding participation in distribution proceedings. The technical amendment updates the threshold requirement for payment of a filing fee to conform the rule to a statutory provision.
Notice of Intent To Audit; Correction
Document Number: 2016-02631
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-10
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges published a document in the Federal Register of January 22, 2016, announcing receipt of five notices of intent to audit several broadcasters. The document contained incorrect dates in the summary section.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2016-01306
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of four notices of intent to audit the 2012, 2013, and 2014 statements of account submitted by commercial webcasters Batanga, DMX, Muzak Inc., and the 2013 and 2014 statements of account submitted by commercial webcaster Pandora Media Inc., concerning the royalty payments each made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2016-01305
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of a notice of intent to audit the 2012, 2013, and 2014 statements of account of DMX concerning the royalty payments its New Subscription Service made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2016-01301
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of a notice of intent to audit the 2012, 2013, and 2014 statements of account of Muzak LLC concerning the royalty payments its Preexisting Subscription Service made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2016-01300
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of five notices of intent to audit the 2012, 2013, and 2014 statements of account submitted by broadcasters Beasley Broadcast Group Inc., Greater Media Inc., Saga Communications Inc., and Univision Communications Inc. and the 2013 and 2014 statements of account submitted by broadcaster Townsquare Media Broadcasting concerning royalty payments each made pursuant to two statutory licenses.
Notice of Intent To Audit
Document Number: 2016-01299
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Agencies and Commissions
The Copyright Royalty Judges announce receipt of two notices of intent to audit the 2012, 2013, and 2014 statements of account submitted by DMX and Muzak LLC concerning the royalty payments their Business Establishment Services made pursuant to two statutory licenses.