Copyright Office Proposes Amendments to Regulations Regarding Section 115
Issue No. 349 - July 17, 2008

The Copyright Office proposes to amend its regulations to clarify the scope and application of the Section 115 compulsory license to make and distribute phonorecords of a musical work by means of digital phonorecord deliveries. The proposed regulations would permit the Section 115 license to cover all musical works embodied in phonorecords made and distributed to the public for private use, including those phonorecords made on the end-users’ RAM or hard drive, on transmission services’ servers, and all intermediate reproductions on the networks through which transmission occurs. Comments are due August 15, 2008. Reply comments are due September 2, 2008.