Section 111 - Statutory License for Secondary Transmissions by Cable Systems

Section 111 of the Copyright Act of 1976, title 17 of the United States Code, established a compulsory licensing system under which cable systems may make secondary transmissions of copyrighted works. The license prescribes various conditions under which cable systems may obtain a compulsory license to retransmit copyrighted works, including the filing of statements of account forms. It also establishes the requirements governing the form, and content of the filing of these semi-annual statements and submission of statutory royalty payments. 37 CFR 201.17

The law requires a cable system to file statements of account for two purposes:

(1) To show basis for the semiannual royalty fee the cable system owes under its statutory license; and
(2) To give the information needed to allocate royalty fees among copyright owners.
  • You are the legal owner (or represent the owner) of a cable system on the last day of the accounting period; and
  • You are filing the semiannual statement of account required by the copyright law; and
  • You are also depositing the required semiannual royalty fee with the Licensing Division of the Copyright Office.
If your figure for semiannual gross receipts in Space K is less than $527,600, use SA 1-2 (SHORT FORM); and if it is more, use SA 3 (LONG FORM)