Under the Copyright Act, cable systems may retransmit over-the-air broadcasts of copyrighted material so long as they pay compulsory royalty fees for using that copyrighted material. The Librarian of Congress supervises the process of collecting, allocating, and distributing those fees. As part of the process, the Copyright Royalty Board – which is appointed by the Librarian of Congress – conducts regular proceedings to determine how to distribute royalty fees. Independent Producers Group, known as IPG, represented several copyright owners in the 2000-03 royalty fee distribution proceeding. According to IPG, the Board erred in determining IPG’s royalty fees in the sports programming and program suppliers categories. IPG now appeals. We affirm the Board’s determination as to IPG’s royalty fees in those categories.
by Gehrke & Associates, SC
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