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Phase 1 Claimant Category Definitions

The Copyright Royalty Tribunal (“Tribunal”), the predecessor to the Copyright Royalty Board (“CRB”), formed Claimant category definitions in the Tribunal’s 1984 Cable Royalty Distribution Proceeding, which have been followed by the Tribunal, the CARPs, and Phase 1 parties. The Claimant category definitions are as follows: “Program Suppliers.” Syndicated series, specials and movies, other than Devotional […]

Library of Congress Seeks New Copyright Royalty Judge for Copyright Royalty Board

On November 19, 2012, the Library of Congress (“LOC”) posted a job opening for a Copyright Royalty Judge on the Copyright Royalty Board (“CRB”) of the U.S. Copyright Office. The CRB consists of a three-judge panel that presides over quasi-judicial administrative proceedings related to copyright royalty rates, terms, and distributions. The current panel consists of […]

APT & Intermediary to Help Public TV Producers Claim Portion of $180 Million in Government Collected Royalties.

$180 Million in Copyright Royalties for Public TV Shows Undistributed Unless Claimed.

Cable Statements of Account Now Available on Copyright Office Website

The Copyright Office’s Licensing Division statement of account forms SA 1-2 (short form) and SA3 (long form) for the January 1, 2010, to June 30, 2010, accounting period are now available at

Copyright Office Launches Cable SOA Online Tutorial

The Licensing Division announced the first in a series of outreach programs designed to assist the licensing community. On August 9, 2010, the Licensing Division launched its new statements of accounts (SOA) short form (SA1-2) online tutorial on the Copyright Office website. The tutorial is designed to offer online assistance specifically for cable operators. For […]

Copyright Royalty Judges Rule on Minimum Fee to be Paid by Noncommercial Webcasters for 2006–2010

The Copyright Royalty Judges determined the minimum fee to be paid by noncommercial webcasters under sections 112(e) and 114 of the Copyright Act for 2006 through 2010, permitting certain digital performances of sound recordings and the making of ephemeral recordings. The determination responds to an order of remand issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals […]

Copyright Office Seeks Comment on Refunds Under the Cable Statutory License

The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (STELA), Pub. L. No 111-175, amended Section 111 of the Copyright Act to allow a cable system to calculate its royalty fees on a community-by-community basis. STELA eliminated the possibility of an infringement action against those systems that historically did not pay for carriage of phantom […]

Copyright Office Seeks Comment on Changes to Regulations Governing Deposit Accounts

The Copyright Office proposed to amend its regulations to 1) set the minimum level of activity required to hold a deposit account at 12 transactions per year; 2) require deposit account holders to maintain a minimum balance in that account; 3) mandate the closure of a deposit account the second time it is overdrawn; and […]

Copyright Office Announces Interim Rules Reflecting Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010

Congress passed the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010, which was signed by the President on May 27, 2010.

Copyright Royalty Judges Distribute 2004-2005 Cable Royalties

The Copyright Royalty Judges announced the final Phase 1 distribution of cable royalty funds for 2004 and 2005 under section 111 of the Copyright Act. The distribution takes effect September 17, 2010.