Copyright Office Publishes Supplemental Notice for MMA Transition Period Regulations for Transfer and Reporting of Royalties to the Mechanical Licensing Collective
Issue No. 861 - November 5, 2020

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) updating its July 17, 2020 proposed rule concerning the Music Modernization Act transition period transfer and reporting of royalties to the mechanical licensing collective.

The SNPRM notices an alternate approach to requirements concerning the content of cumulative statements of account to be submitted by digital music providers to the mechanical licensing collective at the conclusion of the statutory transition period and proposes estimate and adjustment provisions with respect to payment of accrued royalties to the mechanical licensing collective in connection with this reporting.

Although the Office has not made any final conclusions on these matters, it has determined that the public process would benefit from noticing supplemental, alternative regulatory language, to ensure that further stakeholder views can be duly considered as the Office evaluates these important issues.

The Office invites public comments on the SNPRM. The proposal and instructions on how to submit comments are available here. Written comments must be received no later than November 25, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.