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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 […]

  • Copyright Royalty Judges Announce Cost-of-Living Adjustment in Royalty Rates

    On November 26, 2012, the Copyright Royalty Judges (“CRJs”) adopted a cost-of-living adjustment of 2.2% in the royalty rates paid by satellite carriers under the Copyright Act’s satellite carrier compulsory license provision. The Copyright Act requires the CRJs to annually adjust royalty rates to reflect any changes to the cost-of-living adjustment. The cost-of-living adjustment is based on […]

  • 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 […]

  • Copyright Office to Distribute 50% of 2010 Cable Royalties Totaling $99 Million

    On October 12, 2012, the Copyright Office informed the public it is preparing to make a 50% distribution of the available 2010 cable retransmission royalty fees on or after October 25, 2012, pursuant to the Order of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Judges, Docket No. 2012-4 CRB CD 2010, dated September 14, 2012. The partial distribution is […]

  • Interim Copyright Royalty Judge Appointed

    On September 17, 2012, Richard Strasser was appointed interim Copyright Royalty Judge.

  • 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. 

  • Copyright Royalty Judges Announce Satellite Royalty Negotiation Period

    The Copyright Royalty Judges announced the voluntary negotiation period for determining royalty fees to be paid by satellite carriers under the satellite carrier compulsory license. The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010, signed into law on May 27, 2010, reauthorizes the satellite license until December 31, 2014. In addition, it requires adjustment of […]

  • Copyright Royalty Judges Announce Final Phase 1 Distributions for 2000, 2001, 2002, AND 2003 Cable Royalties

    The Copyright Royalty Judges announced the final phase I distribution of cable royalty funds for the years 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 under section 111 of the Copyright Act. The distribution takes effect May 12, 2010.



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