The Copyright Office has been directed by Congress to consider phasing out statutory licenses for television broadcasts under Sections 111, 119 and 122 of the Copyright Act. Public comment is being sought for a transition to market-based solutions. The notice from the Copyright Office is here.
The notice mentions that 90% of the video content we watch is produced by only seven companies.
The public's comment is sought on this important issue which will determine a lot about how video content is distributed in the future and how much leverage copyright holders will have in the process.
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Monday, March 07, 2011
Copyright Office Abolishing Statutory Licenses for Television Transmissions?
Labels: cable broadcasting, compulsory licenses, copyright infringement, copyright law, satellite broadcasting, statutory licenses, television broadcasting, wireless delivery of video
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