Copyright Office Extends Deadline for Initial Determination in Web V Rate Setting Proceeding

Issue No. 889 - March 29, 2021

The U.S. Copyright Office has announced that, at the request of the Copyright Royalty Board, it is extending the deadline for the Board’s initial determination in the Web V webcaster rate setting proceeding by up to 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 Board 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 Board 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. For further details, please visit the Office’s Coronavirus page.

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