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October 18, 2019

Librarian of Congress Names Steve Ruwe Copyright Royalty Judge

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced her selection of Steve Ruwe to the position of copyright royalty judge. Ruwe fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Jesse Feder as chief judge. Judge Ruwe brings to the Copyright Royalty Board more than 15 years of experience in copyright and intellectual property law, most recently as assistant general counsel in the Copyright Office’s Office of General Counsel. More information about the appointment can be found here.

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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.

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 (chief judge), Judge David R. Strickler (economics), and Judge Steve Ruwe (copyright). Judge Feder’s current term ends in January 2024; Judge Strickler’s current term ends in January 2022; and Judge Ruwe’s current term ends in December 2025.

Jesse M. Feder, Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

Jesse M. FederChief Copyright Royalty Judge

David Strickler, Copyright Royalty Judge

David R. StricklerCopyright Royalty Judge

Steve Ruwe, Copyright Royalty Judge

Steve RuweCopyright Royalty Judge

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