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 2020 are eligible to file royalty claims for compensation with the Copyright Office in Washington, DC by this date. 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 this deadline will not be able to collect royalties for distant carriage of their signals during 2020.