Two New Copyright Royalty Judges Appointed

Judge using his gavelThe Librarian of Congress has announced his appointment of two new Copyright Royalty Judges to fill the vacancies created by the mid-term resignations of Judges Wisniewski and Roberts.  The Copyright Royalty Judges hear proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board, and are responsible for setting rates and terms and also distributions of royalties for various statutory licenses in the Copyright Act.

Judge David R. Strickler replaces Judge Wisniewski as the Judge required to have experience in economics.  Judge Strickler received his M.A. in economics from Columbia University, was a law and economics fellow at the University of Miami School of Law, and is an adjunct professor of economics at Brookdale College in New Jersey.  He is also a commercial litigator, with a focus on valuation disputes related to securities and real estate.

Judge Jesse Feder replaces Judge Roberts as the Judge required to have copyright law experience.  Judge Feder has served since 2004 as director of International Trade and Intellectual Property for the Business Software Alliance.  Prior to that, Judge Feder held several positions at the United States Copyright Office.

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