Copyright Office Adopts Final Rule Regarding Electronic Signatures and Submission for Cable Systems Filing Section 111 Statements of Account
Issue No. 664 - May 19, 2017

The U.S. Copyright Office has adopted a final rule amending 37 CFR § 201.17, which prescribes requirements related to the submission of Statements of Account under the section 111 license for secondary transmissions of broadcast programming by cable systems. The amendments will allow cable systems operating under the statutory license to electronically sign Statements of Account, and to submit these documents to the Office electronically. More information about the final rule is available here.

To implement these regulatory changes, the Office is releasing fillable electronic versions of its short- and long form Statements of Account. Filers under the section 111 license now have the choice of continuing to use the paper-based forms or switching to their electronic counterparts. In either case, these forms may be signed using an electronic or “s-signature” and submitted to the Office via email. To access these forms, and for more information about filing Statements of Account or the section 111 license more generally, please visit the Licensing Division’s section 111 webpage here.