Copyright Office Probes "Phantom Signal" Royalties

Law360, New York (December 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- In response to pleas from industry associations, the Copyright Office is looking into whether "phantom signals" – the broadcast signals that some subscribers might still pick up after two cable companies merge – unreasonably inflate royalty rates.

The inquiry and rulemaking were prompted by a 2005 petition by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, which insisted that distant “phantom signals” that showed up for only some subscribers after two cable companies had merged resulted in the merged cable system paying royalties as though all subscribers received...
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