The CRB is presently within the midst of proceedings to find out songwriter streaming royalty charges for the 5 years between 2023 and 2027.
However do you know, that behind the scenes on the CRB, there are simply three people – three judges – charged with conducting these proceedings?
A type of roles is presently up for grabs.
In keeping with a brand new job advert noticed by MBW, the CRB is presently hiring for a Chief Copyright Royalty Decide.
Primarily based in Washington DC, this particular person will should be an legal professional in good standing with at the very least seven years’ authorized expertise and should at the very least 5 years in adjudication, arbitration, or court docket trials.
This particular person will succeed Chief Decide Jesse Feder who stepped down from the place – which he had held since 2019 – in November final 12 months.
In keeping with the advert, the brand new decide will serve “as an knowledgeable on authorized and factual issues on quasi-judicial administrative proceedings within the space of statutory copyright royalties” and inform “senior administration workers and officers at a number of ranges of the Library of Congress and the Copyright Workplace on issues associated to copyright royalty distributions and price settings”.
The profitable candidate will want to have the ability to carry out in-depth authorized analysis, and analyze and consider data so as to put together written supplies on authorized or coverage points. They may even must know the way to “produce written authorized supplies corresponding to: rules, pleadings, briefs, motions, and experiences.
The brand new, and everlasting, successor can have huge boots to fill.
Their predecessor, Feder, is a broadcast writer, and has greater than 30 years of expertise in copyright and mental property legislation, together with as director of worldwide commerce and mental property for the Enterprise Software program Alliance, an affiliate register within the U.S. Copyright Workplace; and a authorized adviser within the Workplace of the Basic Counsel for the Library of Congress.
Feder has been a Copyright Royalty Decide since 2013 and Chief Copyright Royalty Decide since 2019.
In November, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden chosen Decide Suzanne Barnett as interim Chief Copyright Royalty Decide and head of the Copyright Royalty Board.
Barnett serves on the Copyright Royalty Board alongside Decide David Strickler and Decide Steve Ruwe, the 2 judges the brand new Chief Copyright Royalty Decide may even serve with.
Barnett, the interim Chief Copyright Royalty Decide, served because the Chief Copyright Royalty Decide from 2012 till her retirement in 2019.
Earlier than her 2012 appointment as Chief Copyright Royalty Decide, she was a superior court docket decide of King County in Seattle, Washington.
Previous to taking the bench, Barnett practiced legislation for 16 years, most just lately at a agency that she co-founded, Barnett MacLean.
In October, Music streaming service homeowners together with Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Pandora and Google filed paperwork with the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) to inform them what they suppose they need to pay songwriters for the 5 years between 2023 and 2027.
Earlier than these filings have been public, the Nationwide Music Publishers’ Affiliation claimed that the music streaming companies have been attempting to chop the amount of cash they pay songwriters within the US to the “lowest royalty charges in historical past”.
You may learn our breakdown of precisely what every music streaming firm is asking for, via right here.Music Enterprise Worldwide