Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress.
Notice requesting comments.
The Copyright Royalty Judges are soliciting comments on a motion of Phase I claimants for partial distribution in connection with the 2012 satellite royalty funds. The Judges are also requesting comments as to the existence of Phase I and Phase II controversies with respect to the distribution of 2012 satellite royalty funds.
Comments are due on or before October 31, 2014.
Comments may be sent electronically to email@example.com. In the alternative, send an original, five copies, and an electronic copy on a CD either by mail or hand delivery. Please do not use multiple means of transmission. Comments may not be delivered by an overnight delivery service other than the U.S. Postal Service Express Mail. If by mail (including overnight delivery), comments must be addressed to: Copyright Royalty Board, P.O. Box 70977, Washington, DC 20024-0977. If hand delivered by a private party, comments must be brought to the Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, LM-401, 101 Independence Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20559-6000. If delivered by a commercial courier, comments must be delivered to the Congressional Courier Acceptance Site located at 2nd and D Start Printed Page 59307Street NE., Washington, DC. The envelope must be addressed to: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, LM-403, 101 Independence Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20559-6000.
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Lakeshia Keys, Program Specialist, by telephone at (202) 707-7658 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Each year satellite systems must submit royalty payments to the Register of Copyrights as required by the statutory license set forth in section 119 of the Copyright Act for the retransmission to satellite subscribers of over-the-air television broadcast signals. See 17 U.S.C. 119(b). These royalties are then distributed to copyright owners whose works were included in a qualifying transmission and who timely filed a claim for royalties. Allocation of the royalties collected occurs in one of two ways. In the first instance, these funds will be distributed through a negotiated settlement among the parties. 17 U.S.C. 119(b)(5)(A). If the claimants do not reach an agreement with respect to the royalties, the Copyright Royalty Judges (“Judges”) must conduct a proceeding to determine the distribution of any royalties that remain in controversy. 17 U.S.C. 119(b)(5)(B).
On July 25, 2014, representatives of the Phase I claimant categories (the “Phase I Claimants”) 
filed with the Judges a motion requesting a partial distribution of 60% (as opposed to 50% as requested in recent cases) of the 2012 satellite royalty funds pursuant to section 801(b)(3)(C) of the Copyright Act. 17 U.S.C. 801(b)(3)(C). That section requires that the Judges publish a notice in the Federal Register seeking responses to the motion for partial distribution to ascertain whether any claimant entitled to receive such fees has a reasonable objection to the requested distribution before ruling on the motion. On September 12, 2014, the Phase I Parties filed a motion for expedited resolution of the pending motion. Consequently, this Notice seeks comments from interested claimants on whether any reasonable objection exists that would preclude the distribution of 60% of the 2012 satellite royalty funds to the Phase I Claimants. The Judges must be advised of the existence and extent of all such objections by the end of the comment period. The Judges will not consider any objections with respect to the partial distribution motion that come to their attention after the close of that period.
The Judges also seek comment on the existence and extent of any controversies to the 2012 satellite royalty funds at Phase I or Phase II with respect to those funds that would remain if the motion for partial distribution is granted.
The Motion of the Phase I Claimants for Partial Distribution and the Joint Motion of Phase I Claimants for Expedited Resolution of Pending Motion for Partial Distribution are posted on the Copyright Royalty Board Web site at http://www.loc.gov/crb.
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Dated: September 23, 2014.
Suzanne M. Barnett,
Chief U.S. Copyright Royalty Judge.
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