Hello again. It’s hard to believe how much we’ve tackled in the five weeks that have passed since the last newsletter; from participating in the webcasting debate, to moving forward on our health insurance study, to filing comments with the FCC. Chalk it up to persistence, concern, and more hours of daylight. Now, shortly before this newsletter’s release, we get word from the US Copyright Office that the Librarian of Congress has rejected the CARP proposals regarding webcasting rates and reporting requirements. While the Office’s announcement did not include any particular reasons for the rejection, we assume that the collective effort made by webcasters, artists, and citizen groups to include their voices in the debate has had an effect on the process.
What’s next? The Librarian has until June 20 to issue a final determination
setting the rates and terms for the licenses. There’s more information
available on the Copyright Office’s website here:
We are interested to see what transpires in the next thirty days, and will continue to participate in the debate as much as we can. Now, onto the news!