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Adjunct Professor William Roberts Sworn in as New Copyright Royalty Judge

George Mason University Adjunct Professor William J. Roberts was sworn in today as one of three individuals to serve as the first copyright royalty judges. The Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004, which became effective on May 31, 2005, phased out the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel system and replaced it with the Copyright Royalty Board made up of three permanent copyright royalty judges. The duties of the judges include determining and adjusting the rates and terms of the copyright law's statutory licenses and determining the distribution of royalties from the statutory license royalty pools administered by the Library of Congress.