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Issue 261 -June 13, 2005  

New Subscription Electronic News Service Created For Copyright Royalty Board

Copyright Royalty Board News is a new electronic mailing list originating from the Copyright Royalty Board in the Library of Congress. Copyright Royalty Board News issues periodic email messages that alert subscribers to orders and decisions, hearings, deadlines for comments, new and proposed regulations, and other subjects of interest relating to the business of the Copyright Royalty Board. Effective May 31, 2005, the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-419, 118 Stat. 2341) amended title 17 U.S.C. with respect to the administration of statutory copyright licenses. The Act phases out the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) system and replaces the arbitrators with three permanent Copyright Royalty Judges, who constitute the Copyright Royalty Board. At this time, the Board is being administered by an Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge pending the appointment of the three full-time judges. Procedural regulations for the conduct and operation of royalty rate and distribution proceedings under the statutory licenses were published in the Federal Register at 70 FR 30901 on May 31, 2005.

NewsNet, the Copyright Office's electronic news service, will no longer distribute messages on the subject of Copyright Royalty Board matters. Please note, however, that the Copyright Office continues to have responsibility for various aspects of the compulsory licenses, including ongoing proceedings to establish rates for the cable and satellite television licenses, and NewsNet will continue to distribute messages relating to those Copyright Office activities. Subscribers to NewsNet may continue to subscribe to this service. No action is required. NewsNet subscribers may also wish to subscribe to Copyright Royalty Board News. To subscribe, fill in the Web form.


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June 16 Comments and Notices of Intent to Participate in proposed rate adjustment for satellite carrier compulsory license (html)
June 30 Due date for comments on procedural regulations governing the Copyright Royalty Board (html)
July 1 Effective date of final rule requiring that a copy of a statement of account be filed together with the original (html)
July 21 Due date for reply comments on procedural regulations governing the Copyright Royalty Board (html)
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