Special Advisor to the Register of Copyrights
David Brunton is a special advisor to the Register of Copyrights at the United States Copyright Office. He was appointed to the position in May 2021. He previously served as senior advisor for organizational policy and special projects since October 2019.
In his position, Brunton handles a wide portfolio of projects for the Register, including working to ensure activities align with the goals of the strategic plan and the mission of the Office. He serves as a liaison for the Register, keeping her apprised of the successes of projects and of any issues or concerns.
Brunton began his career with the Library of Congress in 2007 in the Office of Strategic Initiatives, working with the National Digital Newspaper Program. In that role, he served as the product manager for the website Chronicling America, a historical newspaper project jointly sponsored by the Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was later promoted to supervisory IT specialist and then to chief of Repository Development.
Most recently, Brunton served as the chief of Platform Services, a division he helped to establish in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Under his leadership, the division built the crowdsourcing platform crowd.loc.gov and developed the system used to acquire, preserve, and present hundreds of millions of items in the Library of Congress digital collections, among other accomplishments.
Prior to joining the Library, Brunton worked with various software startups for more than a decade. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.