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NewsNet Issue 772
June 25, 2019
U.S. Copyright Office Releases Pay.gov Form For SA3 Cable Systems to Pay the Sports Surcharge
On December 6, 2018, the Copyright Royalty Board issued a final rule, effective January 1, 2019, that requires affected cable systems to pay a separate per-program royalty (the Sports Surcharge) in addition to the requisite royalties under the section 111 license. The Sports Surcharge applies only to certain Form SA3 filers for the secondary transmission of live, non-network broadcasts of sports events on a distant television station carried by the cable system that would have been subject to blackout under the Federal Communication Commission’s sports exclusivity rule (FCC Sports Blackout Rule) prior to its repeal in 2014.
The Copyright Office has released a Sports Surcharge Addendum (Form SS), accessed through Pay.gov, for cable systems required to pay the Sports Surcharge. To access the Sports Surcharge Addendum, click here. To access instructions on filing the Sports Surcharge Addendum, click here.
NewsNet Issue 771
June 21, 2019
U.S. Copyright Office Revises Proposed Rulemaking on Recordation and Group Registration Fees
As part of its ongoing fee study, the Office is releasing a revised fee schedule regarding additional proposed changes for document recordation and two newly proposed group registration options. As explained in the notice, the Office proposes to adjust the fees for document recordation from a formula based solely on the number of recorded titles to a formula based on the number of works and alternate titles and registration numbers to which a document pertains to better distribute costs among remitters based on the size of their filing. The supplemental notice also announces the Office’s intention to issue fees for its newly proposed group registration options for short online literary works and for works contained on an album of music.
This supplemental notice follows a round of public comment in response to an overall fee schedule proposed in May 2018. While the Office is not currently seeking additional comment on those fees announced in May 2018, the Office’s careful consideration of those comments will be reflected in its forthcoming study submitted to Congress pursuant to 17 USC 701(b), as well as any eventual adjustment instituted to the fee schedule.
The Office welcomes public comment on these additional proposed changes regarding document recordation and the new group options before the Office’s full fee schedule is submitted to Congress.
The supplemental notice and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here. Written comments must be received no later than July 22, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.