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November 9, 2018

Copyright Royalty Judges Publish Notice of Inquiry Regarding Modifications and Amendments to CRB Regulations Following Enactment of a New Law Regarding the Music Industry

The Copyright Royalty Judges have published a notice of inquiry regarding necessary and appropriate modifications and amendments to CRB regulations following the enactment of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. Comments and proposals are due no later than November 26, 2018.

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The Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004 (CRDRA) established the Copyright Royalty Judges program in the Library of Congress. The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) oversee the copyright law’s statutory licenses, which permit qualified parties to use multiple copyrighted works without obtaining separate licenses from each copyright owner.

The Judges determine and adjust royalty rates and terms applicable to the statutory copyright licenses. They also oversee distribution of royalties deposited with the Copyright Office by certain statutory licensees and adjudicate controversies relating to the distributions.

The Judges are appointed by the Librarian of Congress to serve staggered six-year terms. Each may be reappointed to subsequent six-year terms. The Librarian appoints the Judges after a merit selection process.

Under the CRDRA, each judge must have a law degree and at least seven years’ legal experience. In addition, one judge must have significant knowledge of copyright law, one must have significant knowledge of economics, and one must have a minimum of five years’ judicial or quasi-judicial experience. The board of Judges consists of Judge Jesse M. Feder (copyright), Judge David R. Strickler (economics), and Judge Suzanne M. Barnett (chief judge). Judge Feder’s current term ends in January 2020; Judge Strickler’s current term ends in January 2022; and Judge Barnett’s current term ends in January 2024.

Suzanne Barnett, Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

Suzanne BarnettChief Copyright Royalty Judge

Jesse Feder, Copyright Royalty Judge

Jesse FederCopyright Royalty Judge

David Strickler, Copyright Royalty Judge

David StricklerCopyright Royalty Judge