Section 111 - Statutory License for Secondary Transmissions by Cable Systems


An important message for Cable and Satellite Operators on Filing Fees: Effective January 1, 2014, pursuant to the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (STELA), which granted authority to the Copyright Office to establish fees for the filing of statements of account (SOAs) under the section 111, 119 and 122 statutory licenses, the Office now assesses filing fees for ALL SOAs for current, past and future accounting periods. For details see the Federal Register, November 29, 2013 (78 fr 71498). Please be advised that the filing fee is deducted before the royalty payment is credited; thus the omission of the appropriate filing fee will result in an underpayment of royalty fees. Please remit the royalty fee and filing fee in one EFT payment.

Section 111 of the Copyright Act of 1976, title 17 of the United States Code, established a compulsory licensing system under which cable systems may make secondary transmissions of copyrighted works. The license prescribes various conditions under which cable systems may obtain a compulsory license to retransmit copyrighted works, including the filing of statements of account forms. It also establishes the requirements governing the form, and content of the filing of these semi-annual statements and submission of statutory royalty payments. 37 CFR 201.17

The law requires a cable system to file statements of account for two purposes:

(1) To show basis for the semiannual royalty fee the cable system owes under its statutory license; and
(2) To give the information needed to allocate royalty fees among copyright owners.
FILL OUT A STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT FORM WHEN:
  • You are the legal owner (or represent the owner) of a cable system on the last day of the accounting period; and
  • You are filing the semiannual statement of account required by the copyright law; and
  • You are also depositing the required semiannual royalty fee with the Licensing Division of the Copyright Office.
If your figure for semiannual gross receipts in Space K is less than $527,600, use SA 1-2 (SHORT FORM); and if it is more, use SA 3 (LONG FORM)