“To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries” (U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8)
The following information is a compilation of materials on United States Copyright Law, taken from U.S. Copyright Office website - www.copyright.gov
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Cable Statements of Account Now Available on the Website
The statement of account forms SA 1-2 (short form) and SA3 (long form) for the January 1, 2010, to June 30, 2010, accounting period are now available. The forms were also mailed to cable operators on July 7, 2010. Please note that cable statement of account forms produced by private vendors are now available. For further information, contact the Licensing Division by email at licensing@_linkaddr1_ or by phone at (202) 707-8150.
The Licensing Division in the Copyright Office administers the compulsory and statutory licenses in the Copyright Act (title 17 of the U.S. Code). The division collects royalty fees from cable operators for retransmitting television and radio broadcasts (section 111), from satellite carriers for retransmitting “superstation” and network signals (section 119), and from importers or manufacturers for distributing digital audio recording products (see Report of Receipts). The division deducts its full operating costs from the royalty fees and invests the balance in interest-bearing securities with the U.S. Treasury for later distribution to copyright owners. For further information read Circular 75, The Licensing Division of the Copyright Office. Note: Effective October 1, 2006, all statutory license royalty fee payments must be made via electronic funds transfer (EFT) (read more). See a presentation on making EFT payments (Use Flash Player ).
Search the Licensing Division System (LDS) to retrieve certain data (beginning with the accounting period January-June 1992 to the present) from statements of account filed by cable television operators. LDS Database
Licensing Division Service Fees
Licensing Division Interest Rates
Forms Related to Licensing
Visit the Copyright Royalty Board website for information on determination of rates and terms for the copyright statutory licenses and for determinations on distribution of statutory license royalties collected by the Copyright Office.
See also, documents from the old Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) system.