The Copyright Office on Feb. 4 published the list of arbitrators eligible for service on a Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) in 2004 and 2005.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The Copyright Office on Feb. 4 published the list of arbitrators eligible for service on a Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) in 2004 and 2005.

This list will be used to select the arbitrators who will serve on panels to determine the distribution of royalty fees or the adjustment of royalty rates.

The Copyright Office has employed outside arbitrators since Congress dissolved the Copyright Royalty Tribunal (CRT) in 1993, since it was considered inefficient. The CARP process faces a similar fate.

There is a pending bill to return to a government arbitration panel of judges following complaints that a CARP process on digital Webcaster rates proved to be unfocused and expensive.