The Librarian of Congress has appointed veteran attorney Bruce Forrest as the Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge. Forrest will serve until May 31, when the Librarian will have appointed three Copyr

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Librarian of Congress has appointed veteran attorney Bruce Forrest as the Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge. Forrest will serve until May 31, when the Librarian will have appointed three Copyright Royalty Judges (CRJs) who initially will serve two- to six-year terms.

As his first action Feb. 17, Forrest announced a proceeding to determine the reasonable rates and terms for two statutory licenses for the period beginning Jan. 1, 2006, and ending on Dec. 21, 2010. One license allows public performances of sound recordings by means of eligible nonsubscription transmissions and new subscription service transmissions. The other permits the making of an ephemeral phonorecord of a sound recording when necessary to make a permitted public performance of the sound recording.

Any party who wishes to participate in the rate adjustment proceeding must file a Petition to Participate by March 15 and pay the $150 filing fee.

Forrest retired from the civil division of the Department of Justice in 2002 with 30 years' experience. He represented the now-disbanded Copyright Royalty Tribunal (CRT) and the Librarian of Congress in many proceedings. He also handled many of the copyright cases that established the judicial precedent that will guide the CRJs in their deliberations.

When appointed, the CRJs will be full-time employees in the Library. They will have six-year terms with an opportunity for reappointment. However, the first three judges will serve two, four and six-year terms in order to establish a cycle that avoids replacing all three CRJs at the same time.

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