[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 223 (Tuesday, November 21, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 55323]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-25183]


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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Copyright Royalty Board

37 CFR Part 360

[Docket No. 17-CRB-0012-RM]


Procedural Regulations for the Copyright Royalty Board Regarding 
Electronic Filing of Claims; Corrections

AGENCY: Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), Library of Congress.

ACTION: Correcting amendment.

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SUMMARY: On June 13, 2017, the Copyright Royalty Judges revised their 
rules regarding filing of claims. That document inadvertently added a 
requirement that filers of joint DART claims include addresses and 
email addresses for all claimants. Interested parties filed a petition 
to amend asking the Judges to remove the requirement because the 
proposed rule did not include it. This document corrects the final 
regulations to remove the requirement.

DATES: Effective November 21, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anita Blaine, CRB Program Specialist, 
by telephone at (202) 707-7658 or email at [email protected]. Docket: For 
access to the docket to read background documents, go to eCRB, the 
Copyright Royalty Board's electronic filing and case management system, 
at https://app.crb.gov/ and search for docket number 17-CRB-0012-RM.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 22, 2017, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, AARC, 
and HFA petitioned the Copyright Royalty Judges to amend the rule 
regarding filing of DART joint claims, 82 FR 27016, because the 
proposed rule did not discuss a change requiring addresses and email 
addresses of all claimants listed in joint claims, and the new 
requirement places a burden upon the petitioning parties that was 
likely unintended.
    The preamble to the proposed rule, 82 FR 14167, addressed the 
purpose of the revisions to the rules: (1) Changes were necessary due 
to implementation of an electronic filing system, and (2) consolidation 
of rules was necessary to streamline the regulations regarding cable 
and satellite claims. The preamble also stated that the rules regarding 
DART claims would be relocated, but it did not mention any other 
changes to the DART rules. In the final rule, the Judges mistakenly 
added a requirement that filers include in the content of joint DART 
claims the addresses and email addresses of all listed claimants.
    The petitioners argue that if the rule stands they will not be able 
to file joint claims for their clients because of confidentiality 
restrictions regarding release of address information. Had the Judges 
proposed a change in the rule to require addresses and email addresses, 
the petitioners would have submitted a comment objecting to that 
requirement.
    In light of the fact that the claims filing period for DART starts 
in less than two months, the Judges do not intend to impose a greater 
burden on the petitioners than in past filing periods. They remove the 
requirement for claimant addresses and email addresses from the 
regulations governing the content of joint DART claims.

List of Subjects in 37 CFR Part 360

    Administrative practice and procedure, Cable royalties, Claims, 
Copyright, Electronic filing, Satellite royalties.

    Accordingly, 37 CFR part 360 is corrected by making the following 
correcting amendments:

PART 360--FILING OF CLAIMS TO ROYALTY FEES COLLECTED UNDER 
COMPULSORY LICENSE

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1. The authority citation for part 360 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 17 U.S.C. 801, 803, 805.
    Subpart A also issued under 17 U.S.C. 111(d)(4) and 119(b)(4).
    Subpart B also issued under 17 U.S.C. 1007(a)(1).
    Subpart C also issued under 17 U.S.C. 111(d)(4), 119(b)(4) and 
1007(a)(1).


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2. In Sec.  360.22, revise paragraph (e) to read as follows:


Sec.  360.22  Form and content of claims.

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    (e) List of claimants. If the claim is a joint claim, it must 
include the name of each claimant participating in the joint claim. 
Filers submitting joint claims online through eCRB on behalf of ten or 
fewer claimants, must list the name of each claimant included in the 
joint claim directly on the filed joint claim. Filers submitting joint 
claims on behalf of more than ten claimants must include an Excel 
spreadsheet listing the name of each claimant included in the joint 
claim. For joint claims filed by mail or hand delivery, the filer may 
submit the list containing the name of each claimant included in the 
joint claim in a single Excel spreadsheet on CD, DVD, or other 
electronic storage medium.
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    Dated: November 16, 2017.
Suzanne M. Barnett,
Chief Copyright Royalty Judge.
[FR Doc. 2017-25183 Filed 11-20-17; 8:45 am]
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