[Federal Register: July 6, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 130)]

[Proposed Rules]               

[Page 41612-41613]



Copyright Office

37 CFR Part 201

[Docket No. RM 2000-4A]


Public Performance of Sound Recordings: Definition of a Service

AGENCY: Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

ACTION: Extension of reply comment period.


SUMMARY: The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is extending 

the period for filing reply comments in the proceeding to consider the 

merits of a petition filed by the Digital Media Association. The 

petition seeks a determination that a webcasting service is not deemed 

to be interactive merely because it offers the consumer some degree of 

influence over the programming offered by the service.

DATES: Written reply comments are due on July 14, 2000.

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ADDRESSES: If sent by mail, an original and ten copies of the reply 

comments should be addressed to: Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel 

(CARP), P.O. Box 70977, Southwest Station, Washington, DC 20024. If 

hand delivered, the reply comments []* should be brought to: Office 

of the General Counsel, James Madison Building, Room LM-403, First and 

Independence Ave., SE., Washington, DC 20559-6000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David O. Carson, General Counsel, or 

Tanya M. Sandros, Attorney Advisor, Copyright GC/I&R, P.O. Box 70400, 

Southwest Station, Washington, D.C. 20024. Telephone: (202) 707-8380. 

Telefax: (202) 707-8366.



    On May 23, 2000, the Copyright Office published a notice of inquiry 

seeking comments on whether to grant a petition for rulemaking filed 

with the Copyright Office on April 17, 2000, by the Digital Media 

Association (DiMA). 65 FR 33266 (May 23, 2000). The petition requests 

that the Office adopt a rule stating that a webcasting service does not 

become an interactive service because a consumer exerts some degree of 

influence over the streamed programming.

    Comments in response to the notice of inquiry were filed on June 

22, 2000. Two parties filed comments in this proceeding, the Recording 

Industry Association of America, Inc. and DiMA. On June 30, 2000, DiMA 

filed a request for an extension of the filing date for reply comments 

from the initially announced date of July 7, 2000, to July 14, 2000. 

DiMA asserts that it is in need of more time to develop a meaningful 

response because the intervening four-day Fourth of July holiday 

creates logistical difficulties for it and its members. DiMA also 

suggests that an extension of the filing deadline by a week will create 

no prejudice to any party interested in filing a reply in this 


    The Office agrees and, therefore, grants the request for a one-week 

extension of the reply comment filing period. Reply comments are now 

due on Friday, July 14, 2000.

    Dated: June 30, 2000.

David O. Carson,

General Counsel.

[FR Doc. 00-17109 Filed 7-5-00; 8:45 am]


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