Copyright Royalty Board News, Issue 262

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April 15, 2021
Issue 262

Copyright Royalty Judges Announce Deadline Extension for Initial Determination in Web V Rate Setting Proceeding

At the request of the Copyright Royalty Judges, the Copyright Office has extended the deadline for the Judges’ initial determination in the Web V webcaster rate setting proceeding by an additional sixty days.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes the Register of Copyrights to temporarily adjust statutory deadlines for copyright owners and other affected parties if she determines that a national emergency declared by the President is generally disrupting the normal operation of the copyright system. On June 30, 2020, the Judges requested that the initial determination deadline in the Web V proceeding be extended in light of a delay in the hearing date resulting from the closure of Library of Congress buildings to the public. In response to that request, the Acting Register extended the deadline for issuance of an initial determination from December 16, 2020, to April 15, 2021. Subsequently, the Judges requested more time due to additional unanticipated COVID-related impacts, including that the delayed hearing ultimately commenced later than expected. In response, the Register has extended the deadline to June 14, 2021. The Judges have assured the Register that the further extension will not delay other matters pending before them.