The Copyright Office has initiated a proceeding to examine the “phantom
signal” phenomenon. This matter arises under, and is tied to, the definition
of the term “cable system” in Section
111 of the Copyright Act and
the Copyright Office's implementing rules. The Copyright Office is seeking
comment on the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's request
for the creation of subscriber groups for the purposes of eliminating the “phantom
Further, the Copyright Office seeks comment on several
other issues related to the existence of phantom signals on certain cable systems.
The purpose of the Notice of Inquiry is to solicit input on, and address possible
solutions to, the complex issues presented in this proceeding. Written comments
are due February 11. Reply comments are due March 26, 2008.