ACA against Copyright Office’s proposal on royalties for digital signals

Wed, 09/17/2008 - 8:30am
Mike Robuck

The American Cable Association (ACA) weighed in against a proposal by the Copyright Office that would require cable operators to pay additional royalty payments for digital multicasts.

In its filing, the ACA said that implementing the Copyright Office’s proposed changes would not only significantly increase royalty payments – a cost burden that would be passed on to customers – but also would add multiple layers of complexity to the Statement of Account, and impose new and expansive reporting burdens.

ACA’s comments were submitted to the Copyright Office as part of the agency’s current rulemaking on proposed changes related to the retransmission of digital broadcast signals under the cable statutory license.

“The digital television transition is only a change in transmission technology – nothing about the switch indicates that the new technology should result in changes to the compulsory license scheme,” stated Matthew M. Polka, ACA president and CEO.  “The Copyright Office should adopt rules and policies that preserve the status quo and ensure a smooth transition to digital.”

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) also filed comments with the Copyright Office against the proposed change.

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