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Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress.


Public notice.


The Copyright Royalty Judges are announcing receipt of two notices of intent to audit the 2010, 2011, and 2012 statements of account submitted by Saga Communications, Inc. and Cumulus Media, Inc., concerning the royalty payments made by each pursuant to two statutory licenses.

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LaKeshia Keys, Program Specialist, by telephone at (202) 707-7658 or email at

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The Copyright Act, title 17 of the United States Code, grants to copyright owners of sound recordings the exclusive right to perform publicly sound recordings by means of certain digital audio transmissions, subject to certain limitations. Specifically, this right is limited by two statutory licenses. The section 114 license allows the public performance of sound recordings by means of digital audio transmissions by nonexempt noninteractive digital subscription services and eligible nonsubscription services. 17 U.S.C. 114(f). The second license allows a service to make any necessary ephemeral reproductions to facilitate the digital transmission of the sound recording. 17 U.S.C. 112(e).

Licensees may operate under these licenses provided they pay the royalty fees and comply with the terms set by the Copyright Royalty Judges. The rates and terms for the section 112 and 114 licenses are set forth in 37 CFR part 380. As part of the terms set for these licenses, the Judges designated SoundExchange, Inc., as the organization charged with collecting the royalty payments and statements of account submitted by eligible nonsubscription services under the section 112 and 114 licenses. 37 CFR 380.13(b)(1). As the designated Collective, SoundExchange may conduct a single audit of a licensee for any calendar year for the purpose of verifying their royalty payments. SoundExchange must first file with the Judges a notice of intent to audit a licensee and serve the notice on the licensee to be audited. 37 CFR 380.15(c).

On May 10, 2013, SoundExchange filed with the Judges separate notices of intent to audit Cumulus Media Inc. and Saga Communications, Inc. for the years 2010, 2011, and 2012. Section 380.15(c) requires the Judges to publish a notice in the Federal Register within 30 days of receipt of the notice announcing the Collective's intent to conduct an audit.

In accordance with § 380.15(c), the Copyright Royalty Judges are publishing today's notice to fulfill this requirement with respect to SoundExchange's respective notices of intent to audit Cumlus Media Inc. and Saga Communications, Inc., each filed May 10, 2013.

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Dated: May 21, 2013.

Suzanne M. Burnett,

Chief Copyright Royalty Judge.

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[FR Doc. 2013-12490 Filed 5-24-13; 8:45 am]