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1 Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact A Complete Guide to Cable Statements of Account A Tutorial for Form SA 1-2 WELCOME

2 Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact What is the statutory license for cable systems? The Section 111 license permits a cable operator to retransmit both local and distant radio and television signals to its subscribers who pay a fee for such service. The purpose of Section 111 is to permit cable systems to carry distant broadcast signals while compensating copyright owners for the public performance of their works, without the transaction costs associated with marketplace negotiations for the carriage of copyrighted programs. Section 111 allows cable operators to complement the carriage of local broadcast signals with distant signal programming that is generally unavailable in local markets.

3 Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact What are the conditions for using the statutory license? To be eligible to use the section 111 license, cable systems must –file statement of account (SOA) forms with the Copyright Office and pay royalty and filing fees every six months –not add or delete any content carried on distant broadcast signals –carry signals in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) –retransmit content simultaneously with actual broadcasts

4 What is a cable system? The Copyright Office defines an individual cable system as a cable system recognized as a distinct entity under the rules, regulations, and practices of the FCC. In addition, two or more cable facilities are considered as one individual cable system if –the facilities are in contiguous communities and are under common ownership or control; or –the facilities operate from one headend. Thus, even if two cable facilities are owned by different entities, they will be considered as one individual cable system if they share a common headend. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact

5 Why file an SOA? Copyright law requires a cable system to file SOAs –to show the criteria for the semiannual royalty and filing fees the cable system owes under its statutory license; and –to report the information needed to allocate royalty fees among copyright owners. SOAs are official documents. Cable systems must certify that the information they contain is true and accurate. Copyright licensing examiners cannot change or modify an original SOA. All information in an SOA must accurately represent the facts as they existed during the accounting period covered by the statement (or, in certain cases, on the last day of that period).

6 Can SOAs be amended? Subject to procedures and time limits set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations, cable operators can file amendments to SOAs if –any of the information given in an SOA was incorrect or incomplete; or –the calculation of the royalty or filing fees payable for a particular accounting period was incorrect, and the amount deposited with the Copyright Office for that period was either too high or too low. In such instances, corrections to SOAs will be placed on record, and supplemental royalty fee payments will be received for deposit or refunds will be issued according to Copyright Office regulations.

7 What does the licensing examiner do? The licensing examiner analyzes the SOA form to determine whether –the SOA was prepared according to the rules and regulations of the Copyright Office; –the correct royalty and filing fees have been paid; and –the statutory time limits for filing have been met. If an examiner discovers missing, unverifiable, or questionable information, or an incorrectly calculated royalty, the examiner will call or write the cable system. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Carefully review and verify information before submitting the SOA form. Interest accrues on underpayments and late payments.

8 Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact If August 29 or March 1 falls on a weekend or a federal holiday, SOAs and royalty fees can be filed on the following business day. When to file? Cable systems have 60 days after the close of each accounting period in which to file SOAs and pay filing and royalty fees. Here are the two filing dates: –For the January–June accounting period: File between July 1 and August 29, inclusive; –For the July–December accounting period: File between January 1 and March 1, inclusive. If you are filing for past accounting periods, please contact the Licensing Division at (202) or

9 Where to file? You can mail or hand-carry your submission to room LM-401 at this address: Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building Copyright Office - LD 101 Independence Avenue SE Washington, DC Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact For further information, call (202) or visit

10 How to complete the SA 1-2 form Use the SA 1-2 form when the cable television system’s semiannual gross receipts are less than $527,600. A licensing examiner will verify all information. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact

11 Filing Fee Effective January 1, 2014, pursuant to the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (STELA), which granted authority to the Copyright Office to establish fees for the filing of statements of account (SOAs) under the section 111, 119, and 122 statutory licenses, the Office now assesses filing fees for ALL SOAs for current, past and future accounting periods. Licensing Division filing fees: Cable SA-1: $15 Cable SA-2: $20 For details, see the Federal Register, November 29, 2013 (78 FR 71498). Please be advised that the filing fee is deducted before the royalty payment is credited; thus the omission of the appropriate filing fee will result in an underpayment of royalty fees. Please remit the royalty fee and filing fee in one EFT payment.

12 Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Section A: Accounting period Clearly designate the accounting period. Make sure to indicate the correct accounting period in this space.

13 All addresses must be completed. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Section B: Owner Give the full name and address of the legal owner.

14 Important: You must verify the identification of the cable system. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Section C: System Give any business name used to identify the business or operation of the system.

15 Important: You must verify the existence of communities and the spelling of community names. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Section D: Area served List the name of the community or communities served by the system.

16 Important: The number of subscribers and the rate must be listed in the appropriate columns. Subscribers and rates Section E: Secondary transmission service Give the correct number of subscribers and charges per subscriber. Add more services in block 2. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact

17 Rates Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Section F: Services other than secondary transmissions List rates and describe each package of service that consists solely of services other than secondary transmissions. Give rate (not subscriber) information for all cable system services not covered in section E. Do not give rate information for –services furnished at cost; or –services or facilities furnished to nonsubscribers. Rate information should include both the amount of the charge and the unit in which it is usually billed. If any rates are charged on a variable per-program basis, enter only the letters "PP” in the rate column.

18 Section F: continued Important: Make sure the number of subscribers and the rate are listed in the appropriate columns. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact

19 Television Section G: Primary transmitters List all network, independent, and educational stations and multicast streams carried by the cable system. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Check the call sign, channel number, type, and location of station.

20 Radio Section H: Primary transmitters Identify primary radio transmitters whose signals were carried by the cable system during the period. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact

21 Special statement and program log Section I: Substitute carriage Give the names and titles of the substitute or part-time carriage programs. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Columns 1–7 must be completed if you check “yes” to indicate that the cable system carried on a substitute basis any nonnetwork television program by a distant station.

22 Section K: Gross receipts Check that the amount of gross receipts entered is less than $527,600. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact

23 Section L: Copyright royalty and filing fees Verify the –royalty fee; –filing fee; –interest (if applicable); and –total royalty payment. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact

24 Section L: Block 1 Complete block 1 if gross receipts are $137,100 or less.

25 Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Section L: Block 2 Complete block 2 if gross receipts are $263,800 or less (but more than $137,100).

26 Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Section L: Block 3 Complete block 3 if gross receipts are more than $263,800 (but less than $527,600). Important: When you file your SOAs on form SA 1-2, you must also submit the royalty and required filing fees you have computed in block 1, 2, or 3 above. Your remittance must be in the form of an electronic payment payable to Register of Copyrights.

27 Section M: Channels Important: Line 1 must not exceed line 2. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Represents the number of broadcast stations (network, independent, educational, etc.) Represents total number of channels offered by the cable system (including HBO, Showtime, etc.)

28 Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Section N: Contact Give the name, address, and telephone number of a contact person. For more efficient service, also give an address for the contact person.

29 Section O: Certification Provide identification and handwritten signature of the owner or owner’s agent of the cable system along with the date. Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact

30 Section O: continued Don’t forget: Stamped or photocopied signatures are not acceptable. Filing fee is required as of January 1, 2014 (see slide 11). Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact

31 Section P: Statement of gross receipts Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Complete only if cable system excluded gross receipts for secondary transmissions made by satellite carriers to satellite dish owners.

32 Worksheet for computing interest Section Q: Interest assessment Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Important: Identify the statement where interest should be applied.

33 Section Q: continued Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact Calculate interest for late payments and underpayments.

34 You have now completed the online cable SOA tutorial Getting Started > Account Info > Revenues > Fees > Certification > Interest > Contact You can exit here or proceed to to access the online fill-in version of SOA 1-2.www.copyright.gov/licensing Remember to –read all directions carefully before filling out the form; –file an original and one copy of the completed SOA form; –make your royalty and filing fee payments using or other acceptable options. For details, see Circulars 74a, 74b, and 74c;www.pay.gov –visit to take the pay.gov tutorial; andhttp://www.copyright.gov/licensing/eftpayment.swf –file your SOA on time. If you still have questions, contact the Licensing Division at or (202)


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