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Issue 356 - November 7, 2008   

Copyright Office Announces Interim Regulation Regarding Section 115; Requests Comments

The Copyright Office is announcing an interim regulation to clarify the scope and application of the Section 115 compulsory license to make and distribute phonorecords of a musical work by means of digital phonorecord deliveries (DPD). The text of the interim regulation defines a digital phonorecord delivery and clarifies that any DPD requires that the phonorecord that is delivered must meet the requirements of fixation, including the durational requirement, but takes no position on the threshold for satisfying that durational requirement. The definition also makes clear that a DPD may be made available on a limited basis and that DPDs include any phonorecords made for the purpose of making the DPD. The Office seeks comments on the interim regulation by January 6, 2009. For further information, go to the Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov. (Read further information)


Nov. 24, 2008 - Revised due date for comments on proposed fee increases

Dec. 2, 2008 - Due date for comments on section 1201(a)(1)(C) rulemaking

Dec. 8, 2008 - Effective date of interim regulation on section 115

Jan. 6, 2009 - Due date for comments on section 115 interim regulation

Feb. 2, 2009 - Due date for comments on proposed classes of works to be exempted from prohibition on circumvention

Apr. 1, 2009 - Anticipated date of implementation of new fee schedule


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