New regs for Wednesday: Copyrights, Native American graves, mail security

Wednesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for copyrighted sound recordings, food coloring, Native American graves, and federal government mail security.

Here's what is happening:

Sound recordings: The Copyright Royalty Board is delaying a possible new recordkeeping rule for the use of sound recordings with a statutory license, the agency announced Tuesday.

The Copyright board announced it was considering the rules last month, after receiving a petition, but has decided to extend the comment period through June 30 to give industry groups more time to consider the changes.

Food coloring: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward with changes to its food coloring regulations, the agency announced Tuesday.

The FDA announced the changes in April, but confirmed the effective date on Tuesday.

The new rules adopt spirulina extract as a safe form of food coloring. Spirulina is a blue-colored powder or liquid. 

Last August, the FDA approved a similar color additive for candy and chewing gum.

Native American graves: The Interior Department is moving forward with changes to which Indian tribes qualify for protections under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

The rule goes into effect immediately.

Funerals: The National Park Service (NPS) is moving forward with new rules for demonstrations and special events held at any of the 14 national cemeteries it manages, the agency announced Tuesday. 

The NPS is changing the rules after a federal court suggested that the agency’s previous rules may restrict people’s free speech.

The new rules go into effect in 30 days.

Mail: The General Services Administration (GSA) is moving forward with new mail management regulations that will require federal agencies to expand the security for government employees receiving and sending mail, the agency announced Tuesday. 

The rule goes into effect in 60 days.

Flights: The General Services Administration (GSA) is moving forward with new cargo rules for U.S. government-funded air carriers that are transporting freight and household items from foreign governments. 

The rule goes into effect immediately.