Subscription Service [Patents] Law and Legal Definition

According to 37 CFR 262.2 (l) [Title 37 -- Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights; Chapter II -- Copyright Office, Library of Congress; Subchapter B -- Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel Rules and Procedures; Part 262 -- Rates and Terms for Certain Eligible Nonsubscription Transmissions, New Subscription Services and the Making of Ephemeral Reproductions], the term Subscription Service means “a new subscription service (as defined in 17 U.S.C. 114(j)(8)) making noninteractive digital audio transmissions.”

According to 37 CFR 385.11 [Title 37 -- Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights; Chapter III -- Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress; Subchapter E -- Rates and Terms for Statutory Licenses; Part 385 -- Rates and Terms for use of Musical Works Under Compulsory License for Making and Distributing of Physical and Digital Phonorecords; Subpart B -- Interactive Streaming, Other Incidental Digital Phonorecord Deliveries and Limited Downloads], the term subscription service means “a digital music service for which end users are required to pay a fee to access the service for defined subscription periods of 3 years or less (in contrast to, for example, a service where the basic charge to users is a payment per download or per play), whether such payment is made for access to the service on a standalone basis or as part of a bundle with one or more other products or services, and including any use of such a service on a trial basis without charge as described in § 385.14(b).”