Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
On July 27, 2012, the Copyright Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments concerning a new regulation that would amend the regulations for reporting Monthly and Annual Statements of Account for the making and distribution of phonorecords under the compulsory license, 17 U.S.C. 115, to bring the regulations up-to-date to reflect recent and pending rate determinations by the Copyright Royalty Judges, which among other things provide new rates for limited downloads, interactive streaming and incidental digital phonorecord deliveries, and to harmonize these reporting requirements with the existing regulations for reporting the making and distribution of physical phonorecords, permanent downloads and ringtones. The notice of proposed rulemaking stated that comments would be due no later than September 25, 2012 and that reply comments would be due October 25, 2012. Upon the request of several active institutional participants in the mechanical compulsory license system, the Copyright Office extended the comment deadline, making the comments due on October 25, 2012 and reply comments due on November 26, 2012. 77 FR 55783 (September 11, 2012). The Copyright Office posted all comments received by the October 25, 2012 deadline on the Copyright Office Web site at
On November 7, 2012, the Copyright Office received a joint motion filed on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc., National Music Publishers Association, Digital Media Association, and Music Reports, Inc., (“Joint Requestors”) to extend the reply comment period by two weeks (
In the interest of giving the Joint Requestors, the necessary time to conclude the process of formulating consensus positions, the progress of which was interrupted by Hurricane Sandy, the Copyright Office has decided to grant the request and extend the reply comment period by two weeks, making the reply comments due on December 10, 2012).