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  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 694
    NewsNet Issue 694 December 13th, 2017 Final Reminder to Re-Register DMCA Agents in Electronic System This is the final reminder from the U.S. Copyright Office that any online service provider that designated an agent with the Office pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) under the Office’s old paper-based registration process, and that wishes to maintain an active designation with the Office, has until December 31, 2017, to re-register its designation using the Office’s new online registration system. After December 31, 2017, all paper designations will expire and become invalid. Registration in the new system only costs $6 and should only take a few minutes to complete. If you have already registered your designated agent in the electronic system, you do not need to take further action at this time to satisfy the re-registration requirement. The Office’s new DMCA agent registration system was launched on December 1, 2016. Since then, we have made a number of improvements to the system’s design, aimed at making it easier to register. In addition, the Office has engaged in continuous outreach efforts, including by sending periodic reminder emails to service providers registered in the Office’s old system. Today, over 11,600 service providers have registered DMCA agents in the new system, and those designations encompass over 150,000 alternative names. For more information about the Office’s DMCA Designated Agent Directory, please visit the system’s home page here. From this page, users can access the directory, create or login to a registration account, review regulations, watch video tutorials demonstrating how to use the system, read answers to frequently asked questions about the system, or contact the Office with any questions.    
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 693
    NewsNet Issue 693 December 11th, 2017 U.S. Copyright Office Issues Request for Reply Comments and Notice of Ex-Parte Communication For Rulemaking Relating to Cable, Satellite, and DART License Reporting Practices On December 1, 2017, the United States Copyright Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments concerning the royalty reporting practices of cable operators under section 111 and proposed revisions to the Statement of Account forms, and on proposed amendments to the Statement of Account filing requirements.   The Copyright Office has determined that reply comments would also be appropriate for this rulemaking. Accordingly, initial written comments in response to the proposed rule published December 1, 2017 continue to be due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 16, 2018. Written reply comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 30, 2018. In addition, the Office has determined that holding meetings with interested parties might be beneficial, such as to discuss nuances of proposed regulatory language.   The proposed regulations and instructions on how to submit a comment or meeting request are available here.  
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 692
    NewsNet Issue 692 December 1st, 2017 U.S. Copyright Office Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Relating to Cable, Satellite, and DART License Reporting Practices The Copyright Office has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to update its regulations governing the royalty reporting practices of cable operators under section 111 of the Copyright Act, and to update related statement of account filing requirements.  With this proposed rule, the Office intends to resolve issues raised in an earlier notice of inquiry directed towards cable reporting practices, as well as address additional issues that have subsequently developed.  The Office proposes a number of changes to the statement of account forms, including increasing the specificity of subscriber and rate information requested, and a new section to address the Copyright Royalty Board’s proposed rule, assuming it is adopted, requiring covered cable systems to pay a separate per-telecast royalty (a “sports surcharge”) in addition to the other royalties that cable systems must pay under section 111.  In addition, the Office proposes to amend the regulatory definition of “cable system” to reflect both the Copyright Office’s longstanding position that such systems are limited to systems providing only localized retransmissions, and the uniform case law holding that internet-based retransmission services are excluded from the section 111 compulsory license.   To the extent this rulemaking proposes changes to the Office’s section 111 regulations governing the processing of refunds, supplemental or amended payments, or calculation of interest, as well as case management procedures, the Office proposes similar changes with regard to the regulations governing the section 119 and Chapter 10 licenses for satellite carriers and digital audio recording devices or media.   The proposed regulations and instructions on how to submit a comment are available here.  Written comments must be received no later than January 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.  
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