Copyright Office Affirms Judges' Subpoena Powers

Law360, New York (March 25, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT) -- Weighing in on a question of law raised in a dispute over proposed royalty rates for Internet music broadcasts, the U.S. Copyright Office has rejected a bid to narrow copyright royalty judges’ authority to subpoena witnesses in administrative proceedings.

The Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters published an opinion Friday in the Federal Register, concluding that CRJs may indeed issue subpoenas to individuals that are neither participating in the litigation nor designated witnesses in the dispute — provided that the absence of the testimony impairs the judges'...
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