Richard C. Strasser has been named on interim Copyright Royalty Board Judge, to fill the void left by Judge Stanley C. Wisniewski, who retired Aug. 31. He was appointed to serve a for a six-month period, or until the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington picks someone to fill the position.
This marks the second appointment by Billington in the last six months, as he appointed Suzanne M. Barnett to be the new chief copyright judge, replacing James Sledge, who retired in May. The CRB consists of three judges and staff.
Previously, Strasser had been senior staff attorney on the CRB since its inception in 2007. Strasser graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree and an M.B.A., and received his law degree in 1989 from the University of Virginia, where he served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review.
Strasser has broad experience in economics and finance, including several years at the Securities and Exchange Commission. While at the SEC, he served for a period as Attorney Fellow, focusing on market structure and derivatives. He has published articles dealing with economic and financial analysis.
In a statement, Billington said, "Work is underway to recruit a permanent replacement and I am so pleased Rich Strasser has agreed to accept this interim appointment so the board's work can continue apace."
Barnett adds in a statement that the choice of Strasser will provide a seamless transiton for the immediate future due to his extensive experience in economics and with the CRB. The CRB is currently involved in rate settings on a number of fronts, including ruling on whether to approve a settlement between interested parties that created and set rates and/or formulas for five new business models.