May 6, 2013 Librarian of Congress Appoints Two Copyright Royalty Judges

David Strickler, Jesse Feder to Serve as Economics, Copyright Experts

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Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed David R. Strickler and Jesse Feder to serve as copyright royalty judges.

Strickler will serve as the body’s economics specialist, completing the term vacated by Stanley C. Wisniewski through January 11, 2016. Feder will serve as the copyright specialist, completing the term vacated by William Roberts through January 11, 2014. The appointments are effective May 6, 2013.

Copyright royalty judges are appointed by the Librarian of Congress in consultation with Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante. The U.S. Copyright Office is part of the Library of Congress.

Strickler has more than 30 years experience as a litigator, initially with the federal government and, since 1983, in private practice in New Jersey. He has specialized in litigation regarding the economic valuation of stocks, commercial property, and other assets.

Strickler is trained and experienced in theoretical economics and the application of economics to legal issues. He received an M.A. in economics from Columbia University, where he was a university fellow. He was also a law and economics fellow at the University of Miami School of Law, where he received his J.D. (cum laude) and was a member of the law review. Strickler currently teaches microeconomics and macroeconomics at Brookdale College in New Jersey.

Strickler received his B.A. from New York University with a double major in economics and journalism. He was a regents scholar at NYU.

Feder has more than 20 years’ experience in copyright and intellectual property law, most recently serving since 2004 as director of International Trade and Intellectual Property for the Business Software Alliance. He also served as acting associate register in the U.S. Copyright Office and as legal adviser in the Office of the General Counsel for the Library of Congress.

Feder received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Columbia Law Review.

“Judges Strickler and Feder are bringing decades of legal, economics and copyright experience to the royalty board’s important work making sure the practical applications of our nation’s copyright laws are working for all parties,” Billington said.

Copyright royalty judges are charged with carrying out certain provisions of the copyright law as set forth in Chapter 8 of Title 17. The judges conduct evidentiary hearings when the parties are unable to reach agreement on royalty rates and terms, and facilitate distribution of royalties deposited with the U.S. Copyright Office. For more information about the Copyright Royalty Board, visit


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