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Issue 247 - February 8, 2005  

Copyright Office Announces Termination of Proceeding and Current Rates

The Copyright Office announces the termination of the proceedings to determine reasonable rates and terms for two compulsory licenses for the period beginning January 1, 2005, and ending on December 31, 2006. One license allows public performances of sound recordings by means of eligible digital audio transmissions. The other permits the making of an ephemeral phonorecord of a sound recording in furtherance of making a permitted public performance of the sound recording. The rates and terms applicable to new subscription services, eligible nonsubscription services, and services that transmit performances to business establishments that were in effect on December 31, 2004, will remain in effect during 2005.

The proceedings are being terminated as required under the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004 (the “Act”), Public Law 108-419, 118 Stat. 2341. This Act, which becomes effective on May 31, 2005, eliminates the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) system and replaces it with three permanent Copyright Royalty Judges. New proceedings to establish rates and terms for these licenses will be initiated by the Copyright Royalty Judges. (Read further information.)


Feb. 14 Effective date of change in format of certain copyright registration certificates issued under the Copyright Act (html) (pdf)
Feb. 16 Due date for comments on whether the 2005 cable statutory license rate adjustment proceeding should take place under the auspices of the CARP or the CRJ (html) (pdf)
Feb. 25 Due date for Notices of Intent to Participate and comments on royalty rates for analog television broadcast stations retransmitted by satellite carriers (html) (pdf)
Feb. 28 Claims to the 2004 DART royalty funds must be received in the Copyright Office by 5 p.m. on this date (html) (pdf)
Mar. 25 Due date for comments on orphan works issues (html) (pdf)
May 9 Due date for reply comments on orphan works issues (html) (pdf)
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