- (1) The rate should maximize the availability of diverse creative works to the public.
- (2) The rate should afford the copyright owner a fair income, or if the owner is not a person, a fair profit, under existing economic conditions, in order to encourage creative activity.
- (3) The rate should not jeopardize the ability of the copyright user
- (a) to earn a fair income, or if the user is not at person, a fair profit, under existing economic conditions, and
- (b) to charge the consumer a reasonable price for the product.
- (4) The rate should reflect the relative roles of the copyright owner and the copyright user in the product made available to the public with respect to relative creative contribution, technological contribution, capital investment, cost, risk, and contribution to the opening of new markets for creative expression and media for their communication.
- (5) The rate should minimize any disruptive impact on the structure of the industries involved and on generally prevailing industry practices.
Similar considerations are noted in connection with Commission review of rates and terms for public broadcasting in the discussion of section 118, above.
Structure of the Copyright Royalty Commission
The Senate bill provides that, upon certifying the existence of a controversy concerning distribution of statutory royalty fees or upon periodic petition for review of statutory royalty rates by an interested party, the Register of Copyrights, is to convene a three member panel to constitute a Copyright Royalty Tribunal for the purpose of resolving the controversy or reviewing the rates.
The Senate bill provides that the Tribunal be appointed by the Register from among the membership of the American Arbitration Assocation or similar organization. The Tribunal is to exist within the Library of Congress.
Due to constitutional concern over the provision of the Senate bill that the Register of Copyrights, an employee of the Legislative Branch, appoint the members of the Tribunal, the Committee adopted an amendment providing for direct appointment of three individuals by the President. The name of the Tribunal was changed to the Copyright Royalty Commission.
Although under the Committee Amendment, the Commission is to be an independent authority, it is to receive administrative support from the Library of Congress.
The Commission is authorized to appoint a staff to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities. However, it is expected that the staff will consist only of sufficient clerical personnel to provide one full time secretary for each member and one or two additional employees to meet the clerical needs of the entire Commission. Members of the Commission are expected to perform all professional responsibilities themselves, except where it is necessary to employ outside experts on a consulting basis. Assistance in matters of administration, such as payroll and budgeting, will be available from the Library of Congress.
The Committee expects that the President shall appoint members