Updated 4:21 p.m.
The Librarian of Congress has named an interim copyright royalty judge to serve for the next six months or until the vacancy is filled.
Richard Strasser has been appointed to fill the vacancy left by Judge Stanley Wisniewski, who retired at the end of August. James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, appoints copyright royalty judges in consultation with the register of copyrights.
Strasser previously served as a senior staff attorney on the Copyright Royalty Board, a post he has held since the board's inception in 2007. The board is populated by three judges and three staff members. Judges are required to hold a law degree and possess legal experience. The judges hold proceedings between copyright holders and distributors when the two parties are unable to agree on royalty terms.
"I appreciate the support of the Librarian and the Register in allowing me to help the Board continue its important work while it transitions back to a full contingent of Judges," Strasser said in a statement to Legal Times.