U.S. Copyright Office Proposes Streamlining Electronic Royalty Payment Processes and the Administration of DART Royalty Accounts

The United States Copyright Office published a proposed rule that would streamline the administration of digital audio recording technology (DART) royalty accounts and electronic royalty payment processes. With this proposed rule, the Office seeks to codify a procedure for closing out DART royalty payments accounts under section 1005 of the Copyright Act and update its regulations governing online payment procedures for cable, satellite, and DART statements of account to no longer require single lump sum payments. While the latter changes are intended to be technical in nature, the Office solicits comment on its proposal.

Written comments must be received no later than Friday, August 10, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.