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Issue 202 - June 19, 2003  


An updated version of the Copyright Office's Circular 92, "Copyright Law of the United States and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code," is now available in paperback through the Government Printing Office (GPO) or online here.

The 300-page volume contains the text of title 17 of the United States Code, including all amendments enacted through the end of the second session of the 107th Congress in 2002. It includes the Copyright Act of 1976 and all subsequent amendments to the copyright law; the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984, as amended; and the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, as amended. The Copyright Office is responsible for registering claims under all three.

To order from GPO, request stock number 030-002-00197-7. The cost is $24.00. Non-U.S. price is $33.60. It may be ordered online at GPO Bookstore; over the phone at 202-512-1800 or toll free at 866-512-1800 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern time; by Fax at 202-512-2250; by mail from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250; or by teletype at 710-822-9413, ANSWERBACK USGPO WSH.

Payment must accompany orders. GPO accepts checks drawn on U.S. banks; international Visa, MasterCard, Discover/NOVUS, and American Express accounts; Superintendent of Documents deposit accounts; UNESCO coupons; and international postal money orders.


The Copyright Office is announcing the final regulations that will govern SoundExchange, an unincorporated division of the Recording Industry Association of America Inc., when it functions as the designated agent for the purpose of receiving royalty payments and statements of accounts from nonexempt subscription digital transmission services that make digital transmissions of sound recordings under a statutory license. These regulations are applicable to the initial license period that began on November 1, 1995, and ended on December 31, 2001. Terms governing the administrative functions of SoundExchange or any other agent designated to receive and distribute royalty fees under the statutory license during the next license period are the subject of an ongoing proceeding and will be announced at a future time. See, Docket No. 2001-1 CARP DSTRA 2, 68 FR 4744, January 30, 2003 (read details).


Jun. 19: Due date for Notices of Intent to Participate and comments on the new proposed regulations that set rates and terms for the use of public performances of sound recordings and for ephemeral recordings
Jul. 18: Effective date of regulations governing SoundExchange
Jul. 31: Deadline for receipt in the Copyright Office of claims for 2002 cable and satellite royalties filed by mail
Jul. 31 at 5:00pm EST: Deadline for receipt in the Copyright Office of hand-delivered claims for 2002 cable and satellite royalties
Jul. 31 at 11:59pm EST: Deadline for receipt on the Copyright Office server of electronically filed claims for 2002 cable and satellite royalties
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