Movie Studios Lose Royalties After Missing Mailing Deadline

Law360, New York (April 10, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Universal Studios will lose out on millions of dollars in royalties because their requests to the U.S. Copyright Office didn't carry valid U.S. Postal Service postmarks to prove they made a July 31 deadline, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled.

Congress has established a compulsory licensing scheme for broadcast copyrighted material that is retransmitted by cable and satellite companies. Under the scheme, the U.S. Copyright Office collects fees from cable and satellite companies that broadcast films and...
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