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Issue 463 - July 30, 2012 

Copyright Office Proposes Amendments to Regulations Governing the Reporting of Statements of Account Under the Section 115 License

The Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations governing the reporting of monthly and annual statements of account for the making and distribution of phonorecords under the compulsory license, 17 U.S.C. 115, to bring the regulations up to date to reflect recent and pending rate determinations by the Copyright Royalty Judges (CRJ). Among other things, these CRJ determinations provide rates for limited downloads, interactive streaming, and incidental digital phonorecord deliveries. The proposed amendments include new provisions for reporting phonorecords made during the course of an interactive stream and those offered by different types of digital phonorecord services and, to the extent possible, harmonize these reporting requirements with the existing regulations for reporting the making and distribution of physical phonorecords, permanent downloads, and ringtones. Comments are due September 25, 2012. Reply comments are due October 25, 2012. A comment submission page is posted on the Copyright Office website at http://www.copyright.gov/docs/section115/soa/comments/. For further information, see www.copyright.gov/fedreg/2012/77fr44179.pdf.


Calendar

August 8, 2012

Effective date of regulations affecting deposit requirements for automated databases consisting predominantly of photographs

August 13, 2012

Due date for comments on proposed regulation on verification of statements of account submitted by cable operators and satellite carriers

August 15, 2012

Due date for reply comments on proposal to amend regulations governing the definition of a “claimant”
September 12, 2012 Due date for reply comments on proposed regulation on verification of statements of account submitted by cable operators and satellite carriers.
September 25, 2012 Due date for comments on proposed amendments to proposed regulations governing reporting of statements of account under the section 115 license

October 25, 2012

Due date for reply comments on proposed amendments to proposed regulations governing reporting of statements of account under the section 115 license

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