Testimony for Broadcaster Claimants Group on distribution of royalties
On behalf of the Broadcaster Claimants Group, Chris Bennett and Randy Heeb provided expert testimony in proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) regarding the distribution of royalties for “distant signals” on satellite television. Distant signals are content that originates outside satellite subscribers’ local television markets. Satellite operators pay royalties to retransmit such distant signals; these royalties are periodically distributed to content providers by the CRB. Drs. Bennett and Heeb submitted written expert testimony relating to the appropriate distribution of royalties for the years 2010–2013 among various content provider claimant groups based on the relative economic value of their content. Drs. Bennett and Heeb also submitted written testimony rebutting various claims made by opposing experts.