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Issue 249 - February 17, 2005  

Librarian of Congress Appoints Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

The Librarian of Congress has appointed attorney Bruce Forrest to the position of Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge effective February 7, 2005. Forrest will serve until the Librarian appoints three Copyright Royalty Judges, whose terms will commence on or after May 31, 2005. (Read further information.)

Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge Announces Commencement of Proceeding and Request for Petitions to Participate

The Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge of the Library of Congress announces the commencement of the proceeding to determine the reasonable rates and terms for two statutory licenses for the period beginning January 1, 2006, and ending on December 21, 2010. One license allows public performances of sound recordings by means of an eligible nonsubscription transmission and transmissions made by a new subscription service. 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 Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge also announces the date by which a party who wishes to participate in the rate adjustment proceeding must file its Petition to Participate and the accompanying $150 filing fee. (Read further information.)


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. 18 Due date for Petitions to Participate and the filing fee for rate adjustment proceeding (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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