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Librarian of Congress Names New Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

Release Date: 18 Jul 2022

Librarian of Congress Names New Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced her selection of Judge David P. Shaw as the new chief copyright royalty judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board. Shaw will be replacing Chief Judge Suzanne Barnett who returned from retirement on Nov. 8, 2021, to serve as interim chief copyright royalty judge.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Judge Shaw and to welcome him to the Library of Congress,” Hayden said. “We look forward to the keen intelligence, work ethic, professionalism and collegiality that he brings to this position. His wide expertise in many areas of the law, combined with his particular interest in intellectual property and copyright, will serve this institution well. I also thank outgoing Chief Judge Suzanne Barnett for her willingness to temporarily join us again in the role of chief copyright royalty judge.”

Shaw was previously an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission. He served in that role for more than 10 years and presided over more than 100 investigations, including evidentiary hearings involving fact testimony and expert witnesses. These investigations involved complex matters and high financial stakes, often dealing with technological issues, intellectual property issues and determinations of fair and reasonable licensing fees.

In Shaw’s previous positions, he conducted hearings and rendered decisions as an administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration, and he spent 23 years as an attorney-advisor at the International Trade Commission. Early in his career, Shaw worked in the General Counsel’s Office at NPR, where he gathered and analyzed legal and economic information used in music licensing negotiations.

Shaw holds a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and a B.A. in sociology from George Mason University. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.

Shaw will serve on the Copyright Royalty Board alongside Judge David Strickler and Judge Steve Ruwe. The three copyright royalty judges are charged by statute with facilitating efficiency of transactions required by law between copyright holders and distributors ( The judges conduct proceedings between parties when the parties are unable to reach agreement on royalty terms, and facilitate distribution of royalties in concert with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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PR 22-063
ISSN 0731-3527

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