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Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (STELA), Pub. L. No. 111-175, 124 Stat. 1218 (2010), amending title 17, U.S. Code by adding §119(g)(4)(B)(vii).


STELA extended the term of the Section 119 satellite distant signal statutory license for another five years, modified the Section 111 cable statutory license and the Section 122 satellite local-into-local statutory license in several respects, and provided updates to account for changes resulting from the nationwide transition to digital television.

STELA directed the Register of Copyrights to submit recommendations to Congress to achieve the phase-out and eventual repeal of Sections 111, 119, and 122, including proposals for timing and marketplace alternatives.

STELA also mandated that the Comptroller General monitor and periodically report on the degree to which DISH Network (DISH) is complying with the Special Master's examination of its compliance with the royalty payment and household eligibility requirements of the Section 119 statutory license.

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