[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 231 (Thursday, December 1, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 74703]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-30712]


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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Copyright Royalty Board

37 CFR Part 381

[Docket No. 2011-9 CRB NCEB COLA]


Cost of Living Adjustment for Performance of Musical Compositions 
by Colleges and Universities

AGENCY: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Copyright Royalty Judges announce a cost of living 
adjustment (``COLA'') of 3.5% in the royalty rates that colleges, 
universities, and other educational institutions that are not 
affiliated with National Public Radio pay for the use of published 
nondramatic musical compositions in the ASCAP, BMI and SESAC 
repertories. The COLA is based on the change in the Consumer Price 
Index from October 2010 to October 2011.

DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: LaKeshia Keys, Program Specialist. 
Telephone: (202) 707-7658. Email: crb@loc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 118 of the Copyright Act, title 17 
of the United States Code, creates a compulsory license for the use of 
published nondramatic musical works and published pictorial, graphic, 
and sculptural works in connection with noncommercial broadcasting. 
Terms and rates for this compulsory license, applicable to parties who 
are not subject to privately negotiated licenses, are published in 37 
CFR parts 253 and 381.
    Final regulations governing the terms and rates of copyright 
royalty payments with respect to certain uses by public broadcasting 
entities of published nondramatic musical works, and published 
pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works for the license period 
beginning January 1, 2008, and ending December 31, 2012, were published 
in the Federal Register on November 30, 2007. See 72 FR 67646. Pursuant 
to these regulations, on or before December 1 of each year, the Judges 
shall publish a notice of the change in the cost of living as 
determined by the Consumer Price Index (all urban consumers, all items 
(``CPI-U'')) during the period from the most recent index published 
prior to the previous notice, to the most recent index published prior 
to December 1 of that year. See 37 CFR 381.10(a)(requiring publication 
of a revised schedule of rates for 37 CFR 381.5). Accordingly, the 
Judges are hereby announcing the change in the CPI-U and applying the 
annual COLA to the rates set out in 37 CFR 381.5(c).
    The change in the cost of living as determined by the CPI-U during 
the period from the most recent index published before December 1, 
2010, to the most recent index published before December 1, 2011, is 
3.5%.\1\ Rounding to the nearest dollar,\2\ the royalty rates for the 
performance of published nondramatic musical compositions in the 
repertories of ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC are $312, $312, and $125, 
respectively.
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    \1\ The most recent CPI-U figures are published in November of 
each year and use the period 1982-1984 to establish a reference base 
of 100. The index for October 2010 was 218.711, while the figure for 
October 2011 was 226.421.
    \2\ See 37 CFR 381.10(b) (adjusted royalty rates shall be 
``fixed at the nearest dollar'').
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List of Subjects in 37 CFR Part 381

    Copyright, Music, Radio, Television, Rates.

Final Regulations

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, part 381 of title 37 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations is amended to read as follows:

PART 381--USE OF CERTAIN COPYRIGHTED WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH 
NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING

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1. The authority citation for part 381 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  17 U.S.C. 118, 801(b)(1), and 803.


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2. Section 381.5 is amended by revising paragraphs (c)(1) through (3) 
to read as follows:


Sec.  381.5  Performance of musical compositions by public broadcasting 
entities licensed to colleges and universities.

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    (c) * * *
    (1) For all such compositions in the repertory of ASCAP, $312 
annually.
    (2) For all such compositions in the repertory of BMI, $312 
annually.
    (3) For all such compositions in the repertory of SESAC, $125 
annually.
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    Dated: November 23, 2011.
James Scott Sledge,
Chief U.S. Copyright Royalty Judge.
[FR Doc. 2011-30712 Filed 11-30-11; 8:45 am]
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