Statutory License for Secondary Transmissions for Satellite Carriers - Section 119

The Satellite Home Viewer Act originally enacted in 1988, in section 119 of the Copyright Act, title 17 U.S. Code, created a statutory license for certain secondary transmissions made by satellite to distant television programming viewers. The types of covered uses have changed since then, most recently with the enactment of the Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act of 2019. The satellite carrier compulsory license requires the filing of semi-annual statements of account (“SOAs”) by those parties availing themselves of the license, as well as the payment of royalty fees. 37 CFR 201.11. For more information about the STCPPA, see the FAQs at

An important message for Cable and Satellite Operators on Filing Fees: Effective January 1, 2014, pursuant to the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (“STELA”), which granted authority to the Copyright Office to establish fees for the filing of SOAs under the section 111, 119 and 122 statutory licenses, the Office now assesses filing fees for ALL SOAs for current, past and future accounting periods. For details see the Federal Register, November 29, 2013 (78 fr 71498). Please be advised that the filing fee is deducted before the royalty payment is credited; thus the omission of the appropriate filing fee will result in an underpayment of royalty fees. Please remit the royalty fee and filing fee in one EFT payment.