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July 26, 2021

Copyright Royalty Judges Announce Extension for Comments on Partial Settlement in Phonorecords IV Proceeding

Some filers have experienced technical difficulties filing comments in eCRB for the Phonorecords IV proceeding, Docket No. 21-CRB-0001-PR (2023-2027). The CRB is aware of the problem and has implemented a solution. The filing deadline has been extended by 15 days to August 10. For more details see the CRB News.

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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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