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Determination of Reasonable Rates and Terms for the Digital Performance of Sound Recordings by Preexisting Subscription Services

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AGENCY:

Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

ACTION:

Final rule: technical amendment.

SUMMARY:

The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is making a non-substantive technical amendment to its final regulations adjusting the royalty rates and terms under the Copyright Act for the statutory license for the use of sound recordings by preexisting subscription services for the period January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2007.

DATES:

Effective Date: August 4, 2003.

Applicability Date: The regulations apply to the license period January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

David O. Carson, General Counsel, or Tanya M. Sandros, Senior Attorney, Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel, P.O. Box 70977, Southwest Station, Washington, D.C. 20024. Telephone: (202) 707-8380. Telefax: (202) 252-3423.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Section 106(6) of the Copyright Act, title 17 of Start Printed Page 57815the United States Code, gives copyright owners of sound recordings an exclusive right to perform their copyrighted works publicly by means of a digital audio transmission. This right is limited by section 114(d), which allows certain noninteractive digital audio services to make digital transmissions of a sound recording under a compulsory license, provided that the services pay a reasonable royalty fee and comply with the terms of the statutory license. Moreover, these services may make any necessary ephemeral reproductions to facilitate the digital transmission of the sound recording under a second license set forth in section 112(e) of the Copyright Act.

On June 18, 2003, the Copyright Office published final regulations effectuating an agreement on the terms that would govern SoundExchange [1] when it functions as the designated agent for the purpose of receiving royalty payments and statements of account from nonexempt subscription digital transmission services for transmissions of sound recordings made under a statutory license prior to January 1, 2002. 68 FR 36469 (June 18, 2003). Pursuant to the agreement, the Office amended § 260.7 by removing the word “fees” and replacing it with the word “payments.” 68 FR at 36470.

On July 3, 2003, the Copyright Office published final regulations implementing an agreement to adjust the royalty rates and terms for the section 114 license for the use of sound recordings by preexisting subscription services for the current license period—January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2007. 68 FR 39837 (July 3, 2003). Pursuant to the second agreement, the Office amended § 260.7 once again; however, the amendatory language did not reflect the aforementioned amendment made on June 18. As a result, the intended amendment to the final clause of § 260.7 could not be effectuated. The technical amendment published today rectifies this oversight, correctly identifying the language being amended.

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List of Subjects in 37 CFR Part 260

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Final Regulation

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In consideration of the foregoing, the Copyright Office amends part 260 of 37 CFR as follows:

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PART 260—RATES AND TERMS FOR PREEXISTING SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES' DIGITAL TRANSMISSIONS OF SOUND RECORDINGS AND THE MAKING OF EPHEMERAL PHONORECORDS

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1. The authority citation for part 260 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 17 U.S.C. 114, 801(b)(1).

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2. Section 260.7 is amended by removing “the cost of the administration of the collection and distribution of the royalty payments” and adding “any costs deductible under

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Dated: September 5, 2003.

Marybeth Peters,

Register of Copyrights.

James H. Billington,

The Librarian of Congress.

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Footnotes

1.  SoundExchange is an unincorporated division of the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. that administers statutory licenses.

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[FR Doc. 03-25381 Filed 10-6-03; 8:45 am]

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