Sound Recording Performance Complement [Patents] Law and Legal Definition

According to 17 USCS § 114 (13) [Title 17. Copyrights; Chapter 1. Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright], the term sound recording performance complement “is the transmission during any 3-hour period, on a particular channel used by a transmitting entity, of no more than--

(A) 3 different selections of sound recordings from any one phonorecord lawfully distributed for public performance or sale in the United States, if no more than 2 such selections are transmitted consecutively; or

(B) 4 different selections of sound recordings—

(i) by the same featured recording artist; or

(ii) from any set or compilation of phonorecords lawfully distributed together as a unit for public performance or sale in the United States,

if no more than three such selections are transmitted consecutively:

Provided, That the transmission of selections in excess of the numerical limits provided for in clauses (A) and (B) from multiple phonorecords shall nonetheless qualify as a sound recording performance complement if the programming of the multiple phonorecords was not willfully intended to avoid the numerical limitations prescribed in such clauses.”