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Issue 291 -August 10, 2006  

Copyright Office Requests Comments on Reporting Practices of Cable Operators

The Copyright Office is seeking comment from the public on proposed changes to the reporting practices of cable operators that were requested by the Program Suppliers in their Petition for Rulemaking. Specifically, Program Suppliers request that the Copyright Office: a) require additional information to be reported on the cable operators' Statement of Accounts (SOAs), particularly information relating to gross receipts, service tiers, subscribers, headend locations, and cable communities; 2) provide regulatory clarification regarding the effect of cable operators' interest payments that accompany late-filed SOAs or amended SOAs; and 3) clarify the definition of the term cable “community” in its regulations to comport with the meaning of “cable system” as defined in section 111. (Read petition and the attachments.) (Read further information.)

Copyright Office Issues Final Rule on Electronic Payment of Royalties

The Copyright Office is publishing a final rule amending its rules governing the submission of royalty fees to the Copyright Office to require that such payments be made by electronic funds transfer. The rule is effective October 1, 2006. (Read further information.)


Through late 2006 Copyright Office Public Information Office temporarily relocated to room LM-430 in James Madison Memorial Building (more)
August 14—18 Copyright Card Catalog and Records Room temporarily closed to the public. When they reopen, they will be located in room LM-464 of the James Madison Memorial Building. (more)
September 25 Due date for comments on possible rules governing reporting practices of cable operators (more)
October 1 Effective date of final rule governing submission of royalty fees by electronic funds transfer (more)
October 24 Due date for reply comments on possible rules governing reporting practices of cable operators (more)
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