Copyright Royalty Board

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The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) is "a U.S. system of three Copyright Royalty Judges who determine rates and terms for copyright statutory licenses and make determinations on distribution of statutory license royalties collected by the United States Copyright Office of the Library of Congress. The Board, made up of three permanent copyright royalty judges, was created under the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004, which became effective on 31 May 2005, phasing out the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel system."[1]

CRB 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."[2]

"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."[3]

The "the first three judges shall serve two-, four- and six-year terms in order to establish a cycle that avoids replacing all three CRJs at the same time.[4]

Contact information

Copyright Royalty Board
P.O. Box 70977
Washington DC 20024-0977
Phone: 202 707-7658

Resources and articles

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Copyright Royalty Board in the Wikipedia.
  2. Background, CRB website, accessed July 16, 2007.
  3. Background, CRB website, accessed July 16, 2007.
  4. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), U.S. Copyright Office, accessed July 16, 2007.

General information

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