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Copyright Royalty Board Delays Web V Rate Decision (Again)

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The Copyright Royalty Board is again extending the deadline for issuing its final determination on the Web V rate proceedings, this time until June 14, 2021. That rate determination, which is for digital programmed radio streams and ephemeral licenses, will cover the period between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2025.

Back on Jan. 24, 2019, the CRB announced the start of the rate-setting process, with a determination scheduled to be completed by Dec. 16, 2020. In June 2020, the CRB judges requested that the Copyright Office push back the deadline to April 15, 2021. Now, the Copyright Office Register has extended the deadline again, using the same reasoning that was behind the first delay: The closure of the Library of Congress building to the public and additional unanticipated COVID-19-related impacts.

The CRB judges have more than a full plate ahead of them; in January they started the process for the Phonorecord IV rate determination, which will set mechanical rates for streaming, downloads and physical music formats for the period of Jan. 1, 2023 to Dec. 31, 2027. The CRB is also still dealing with the Appeals Court remand that vacated parts of the rate determination for Phonorecords III, covering the period of Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2022.

According to the deadline extension, “the Judges have assured the Register that the further extension will not delay other matters pending before them.”

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