Washington, DC, 20036
Television stations with locally-produced programming whose signals were carried as distant signals by at least one cable or satellite system in 2016 are eligible to file royalty claims for compensation with the Copyright Office in Washington, DC by July 31, 2017. Under the federal Copyright Act, cable systems and satellite operators must pay “compulsory license” royalties to carry distant TV signals on their systems. The royalties are used to compensate the owners of copyrighted works broadcast on those signals. Stations that do not file claims by the deadline will not be able to collect royalties for carriage of their signals during 2016.