It’s that time of year again! Claims for cable retransmission copyright royalties and/or satellite copyright royalties earned during 2008 must be submitted to the Copyright Royalty Board of the Library of Congress by Friday, July 31, 2009

Eligibility for royalties is based on carriage of your station’s programming outside of your local service area.  As a general matter, a station is eligible to receive royalties if its programs were retransmitted on "distant" cable systems and/or carried on satellites to subscribers outside the station’s Designated Market Area (DMA).   A cable system is “distant" vis-à-vis a staion if the cable system is:  (1) outside the station’s DMA; AND (2) at least 35 miles from the  station’s community of license; AND (3) outside the station’s predicted Grade B contour.

If you would like assistance in the preparation and filing of royalty claims, please contact Davina Sashkin at or (703) 812-0458.