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Job Title:  Copyright Royalty Judge (Copyright)
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:  130116

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$165,300.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year
Friday, September 06, 2013 to Friday, September 20, 2013
Open - Temporary, Not-to-exceed 6 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map
US citizens - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired providing that immigration law and other legal requirements are met.


The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 155 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and over 37 million items online. Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

The Copyright Royalty Judge has responsibilities and delegated authority for broad, emerging, and or critical Library of Congress programs or operations presiding (with two other Copyright Royalty Judges) over quasi-judicial administrative proceedings relating to the determination of copyright royalty rates and terms and the distribution of collected royalties. Also, the incumbent has full responsibilities and duties as assigned by the Chief Copyright Royalty Judge pursuant to Chapter 8, Title 17 of the United States Code.

Candidates must be an attorney in good standing with a minimum of seven (7) years' legal experience and have significant knowledge of copyright law.

The office of the Copyright Royalty Judge shall be in the Library of Congress.

The position description number for this position is 058682.

This appointment is for six (6) years.

This position is an AL-02 and has no promotion potential.

Relocation expenses may be authorized for the applicant selected under this vacancy announcement.


  • See requirements listed below under Qualifications Required.


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Has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and/or critical agency programs or operations in the area of quasi-judicial administrative proceedings for copyright royalties. Carries out all the responsibilities assigned to a Copyright Royalty Judge in Chapter 8 of title 17, United States Code.

Conducts and oversees quasi-judicial administrative proceedings to set and adjust terms and rates of royalty payments for the compulsory and statutory licenses in the Copyright Act, title 17 of the United States Code. Conducts and oversees quasi-judicial administrative proceedings to determine the distribution of royalty fees collected under sections 111, 119 and 1003 of the Copyright Act.

Conducts legal research and prepares probing and well-reasoned written analyses with respect to legal and factual issues to define or clarify controversial or disputed legal issues; applies sophisticated legal and factual analysis to resolve challenging problems; and assesses legal, economic and institutional constraints. Applies a comprehensive knowledge of a range of specialized areas of the law to the development, interpretation, or implementation of sensitive public policies that have long-range national or international significance.

In collaboration with other judges on the panel, evaluates evidence, and interprets testimony, regulations, statutory provisions regarding standards for setting rates and making royalty distributions. Makes final determinations on certain legal and factual issues. Schedules proceedings, rules on motions and admissibility of evidence according to the rules governing these proceedings.

Collaborates in preparation of final determinations within the statutory time limits announcing new royalty rates or a final distribution of copyright royalties. The Copyright Royalty Judges authorize the distribution of royalty fees collected under sections 111, 119, and 1003 of the Copyright Act; promulgate regulations governing rate and distribution proceedings based on changes in the law, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules, and other decisions that affect the compulsory and statutory licenses; accept or reject royalty claims filed in accordance with regulations issued by the Copyright Royalty Judges; accept or reject petitions to participate in a rate setting or distribution proceeding; consider as a basis for statutory rates and terms or as a basis for the distribution of royalty fees, voluntary agreements among participants to a proceeding; and determine the status of a digital audio recording device or a digital audio interface device under the provisions of section 1010.

Performs miscellaneous administrative duties as needed in support of the Copyright Royalty Program, including but not limited to training of program staff and developing the office policies and practices.
May request a decision from the Register of Copyrights on questions of law and consult with the Register of Copyrights when a royalty determination would require that an action be performed by the Copyright Office or, when necessary or advisable, on other matters unrelated to questions of fact.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level individuals in the Library of Congress, the Copyright Office, and the Department of Justice.

Serves as an authority on litigation matters related to the distribution of copyright royalties and the setting of rates and terms for statutory licenses and works closely with the other Judges and the Department of Justice on appeals of the program's decisions.

May participate in boards and committees dealing with matters related to the copyright royalty program.  May serve as a representative and consultant for the program at interagency and international meetings dealing with issues and information in the area of expertise and program responsibility.

Contributes to the human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.

Shares responsibility for furthering the goals of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities (ADA), by taking positive steps to ensure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or non-disqualifying disability.


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The Copyright Royalty Judge, one of three judges, has responsibilities and delegated authority as set forth in Chapter 8, Title 17 of the United States Code.

This Copyright Royalty Judge is required to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and experience with the application of copyright law.  This Copyright Royalty Judge is expected to serve as an expert in the application copyright law with respect to the determination of royalty rates and terms and the distribution of collected royalties under statutory copyright licenses.

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

A candidate's resume must show a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates he or she has:

(1) Knowledge of copyright**:  Knowledge of copyright law in order to draft regulations, reports, and memoranda, provide legal interpretations, and make recommendations regarding issues involving the administration of title 17.

(2) Ability to perform in-depth legal research, and analyze and evaluate information**:  The ability to perform in-depth legal research to prepare regulations, legislation, policy memoranda, opinions, or briefs on legal or policy issues.

(3) Knowledge of adjudication:  Knowledge of conducting formal administrative hearing or judicial proceedings, or extensive participation in such proceedings.

(4) Knowledge of administrative law:  Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of administrative law in order to respond to the requirements of agency rulemaking.

(5) Ability to lead tasks and effectively supervise a diverse workforce:  The ability to lead tasks and people effectively; delegate or facilitate as appropriate; guide and coach others to improve skills and achieve challenging goals; inspire and motivate others; solicit and consider others’ opinions; and make recommendations to improve systems or procedures.

(6) Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations: The ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations, in both planned and extemporaneous situations, in order to discuss or explain public policy issues related to subject area(s)/discipline(s). This includes targeting the amount, form, depth, and level of detail, and content of information to the needs of the receiver/audience.

(7) Ability to communicate orally:  The ability to communicate in both formal and informal settings such as communicating effectively with subordinates and peers, from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and consulting with colleagues both within and outside the agency.

Your resume is important to this application process. It will be reviewed to determine whether you possess the qualifications referenced above. All applicants are required to submit a resume that provides specific information (to include accomplishments, work experience and education/training) that clearly describes what you would bring to the position.
The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library’s vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library’s Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link:    


The Library of Congress will evaluate applicants using the information provided in your resume. Reviews are intended to explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection. For Executive Schedule positions, applicants do not need to respond to specific competency questions but will be requested to answer one question related to how they became aware of this job opportunity.
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All initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, all newly appointed Senior Level executives, from outside the Library as well as from within, must serve a one year probationary period in accordance with the Library of Congress Regulations (LCRs) 2017.2-1, Senior Level Executive System.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-6362 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The selected applicant will be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

Are you a veteran?  Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim.  Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214.  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at:


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Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).
Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Selective Placement is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.


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