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US Copyright Chief Talks TV Rates, Piracy, Upgrades (Corrected)

June 26, 2019, 4:47 PMUpdated: June 27, 2019, 4:26 PM

There’s no need to renew a law requiring TV broadcasters to license content to satellite providers at capped rates to transmit them to rural consumers, Copyright Office Director Karyn Temple told lawmakers.

Temple, in testimony at a June 26 House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, said the compulsory license “had reached its limit in effectiveness” and that royalties had plummeted more than 85 percent in the past 5 years.

The decades-old law set to expire at the end of the year allows satellite-TV providers DISH Network Corp. and AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV to import distant TV broadcast programming to rural subscribers. ...