Citation[edit | edit source]

Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004 (CRDRA), Pub. L. No. 108-419, 118 Stat. 2341 (Nov. 30, 2004).

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Act makes extensive changes to the procedural framework for adjudicating royalty rates for compulsory licenses under the 1976 Copyright Act. Compulsory licenses facilitate many copyright-related activities, including digital transmissions of sound recordings in webcasting. The law repeals and reenacts chapter 8 of Title 17 of the U.S. Code (17 U.S.C. §§801-05). The previous ad hoc three-member Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel was replaced by standing Copyright Royalty Judges appointed for six-year terms.

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