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February 13, 2019

Librarian of Congress Names Jesse M. Feder Chief Copyright Royalty Judge and Richard C. Strasser Interim Copyright Royalty Judge

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced her selection of Jesse M. Feder as the new chief copyright royalty judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board. Feder will be replacing chief judge Suzanne Barnett who, having served in the position since 2012, will retire from federal service effective February 16. Feder has served as a copyright royalty judge since 2013.

To fill the vacancy left by Feder’s appointment, the Librarian of Congress has appointed Richard C. Strasser interim copyright royalty judge. Strasser will serve for a period of six months or until the Librarian fills the position permanently. Strasser has been senior staff attorney on the Copyright Royalty Board since its inception in 2007 and previously served as an interim copyright royalty judge in 2012.

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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 (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