There has been substantial public interest in a recent decision by a federal court not to forestall a ruling by the Copyright Royalty Judges that increases royalties paid by Internet radio stations, effective this coming Sunday, July 15. (By the way, I?m told ?Copyright Royalty Judges? and is their preferred name, not the ?Copyright Royalty Board,? which is based on the wording of their authorizing statute?their own Web site notwithstanding.)
Since the decision, some of the webcasters have expressed doubts about their future viability.
The law establishing the Copyright Royalty Judges gave the Librarian of Congress the power to appoint the judges. Their offices are housed at the Library of Congress, which also provides them administrative support.
But that is about the extent to which they are ?part of? the Library of Congress. The Judges? enabling legislation grants them:
full independence in making determinations concerning adjustments and determinations of copyright royalty rates and terms, the distribution of copyright royalties, the acceptance or rejection of royalty claims, rate adjustment petitions, and petitions to participate, and in issuing other rulings under this title [?]
UPDATE: Another bill has been introduced to allow time to resolve the issue.