Copyright Office Requests Comment on Authentication of Electronic Signatures on Electronically Filed Statements of Account
Issue No. 508 - June 26, 2013

The U.S. Copyright Office is reengineering certain processes in its Licensing Division to enable cable systems operating under the statutory license governing the secondary transmission of over-the-air television broadcast signals to file Statements of Account electronically. As part of that process, the Office plans to adopt an identity authentication process that will allow for the use of electronic signatures. The Office proposes revisions to specific rules to account for the changes associated with the implementation of an electronic Statement of Account filing system and seeks public comment on the proposed process and regulatory changes to accommodate the use of electronic signatures. Comments are due July 26, 2013. All comments and reply comments must be submitted electronically. A comment page containing a comment form is posted on the Copyright Office website at