Copyright Royalty Judges
On January 11, 2006, Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington
appointed three copyright royalty judges who 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 will serve six-year terms, which are staggered. Each may be reappointed to subsequent six-year terms. The
Judges were appointed in accordance with the Copyright Royalty and
Distribution Reform Act of 2004, which became effective in 2005. Among
other duties, the Judges are responsible for determining and adjusting
the rates and terms of the statutory licenses and determining the distribution
of royalties from the statutory license royalty pools that the Library
of Congress administers.