The Copyright Office is closing the rulemaking proceeding to consider whether the section 119 satellite carrier statutory
license is broad enough in scope to encompass satellite retransmission of television broadcast stations to
subscribers who reside within the local markets of those stations. The passage of the Satellite Home Viewer
Improvement Act of 1999 (enacted as part of P.L. 106-113)
has rendered this rulemaking proceeding moot. Congress has clarified that local retransmissions are not covered by the section 119 license. Instead, they are covered by the new, royalty-free section 122 license that is expressly limited to local retransmissions of television broadcast stations by satellite carriers. For a link to the Federal Register announcement, visit the Copyright Office Website at http://www.copyright.gov/fedreg/1999/64fr71086.html or http://www.copyright.gov/fedreg/1999/64fr71086.pdf
For the complete text of Federal Register announcements, visit the Copyright Office Website at www.copyright.gov.
December 31: End of negotiation period for determining rates and terms for digital transmissions that constitute digital phonorecord deliveries for the period beginning January 1, 2001 (64 FR 38861)
January 1, 2000: Effective date of cost of living increase in royalty for performance of musical compositions by colleges and universities (64 FR 67187)
January 18, 2000: Beginning of 45-day precontroversy discovery period for CARP proceeding on rates and terms for digital transmissions of sound recordings and ephemeral recordings (64 FR 52107)
February 10, 2000: Due date for written comments on exemption to prohibition on circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies (64 FR 66139)
March 13, 2000: Due date for reply comments exemption to prohibition on circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies (64 FR 66139)
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