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Leadership

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The Register of Copyrights is the Director of the U.S. Copyright Office and a recognized leader and lawyer within the U.S. government. By statute, the Register works under the general direction of the Librarian of Congress and carries out a variety of legal and policy functions specified in Title 17 of the United States Code. The Copyright Office has six main divisions, in addition to the Register’s Office, and several hundred staff. Four Associate Registers of Copyrights, one Assistant Register of Copyrights, and one division director report directly to the Register and help execute her statutory mandate.

Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director, U.S. Copyright Office

Shira Perlmutter

Register of Copyrights and Director, U.S. Copyright Office

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The Office of the Register of Copyrights has overall responsibility for the Copyright Office and its statutory mandate. Specifically, under the Register’s direction, the Copyright Office provides legal interpretation of copyright law, administers the provisions of Title 17, implements copyright regulations, and advises Congress and other government officials on domestic and international copyright policy and other intellectual property issues. It also determines personnel and other resource requirements, organizes strategic and annual program planning, and prepares budget estimates for inclusion in the agency budget.

David Brunton, Special Advisor to the Register of Copyrights

David Brunton

Special Advisor to the Register of Copyrights

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The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) assists the Register in carrying out the critical work of the Copyright Office regarding the legal interpretation of copyright law. OGC works with the Department of Justice, other federal departments, and the legal community on a wide range of copyright matters, including litigation and the administration of Title 17. OGC also has primary responsibility for the formulation and implementation of regulations and the adoption of legal positions governing policy matters and the practices of the Copyright Office. The General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, who is an expert copyright attorney and one of four legal advisors to the Register, leads the division.

Kimberley Isbell, Deputy Director of Policy and International Affairs

Kimberley Isbell

Acting General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights

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The Office of Policy and International Affairs (PIA) assists the Register with the critical policy functions of the Copyright Office, including domestic and international policy analyses, legislative support, and trade negotiations. As part of its work, PIA represents the Copyright Office at meetings of government officials concerned with the international aspects of intellectual property protection and provides regular support to Congress and its committees on statutory amendments and construction. The Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs, who is an expert copyright attorney and one of four legal advisors to the Register, leads the division.

Maria Strong, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs

Maria Strong

Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs

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Kimberley Isbell, Deputy Director of Policy and International Affairs

Kimberley Isbell

Deputy Director of Policy and International Affairs


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The Office of Registration Policy and Practice (RPP) is responsible for administering the copyright registration system and advising the Register on questions of registration policy and related regulations and interpretations of copyright law. As part of its work, RPP uses the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, the governing administrative manual for registrations, in examining copyright claims. RPP has three main divisions (Literary, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts) and several specialized sections (such as motion pictures). The Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practice, who is an expert copyright attorney and one of four legal advisors to the Register, leads the division.

Robert J. Kasunic, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practice

Robert J. Kasunic

Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practice

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Erik Bertin, Deputy Director of Registration Policy and Practice

Erik Bertin

Deputy Director of Registration Policy and Practice

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The Office of Public Information and Education (PIE) is responsible for providing authoritative information about copyright law, answering public inquiries, and offering outreach and education programming. As part of its work, PIE publishes an annotated version of Title 17, maintains a robust and accurate website, creates a variety of written publications, responds to questions about Office policies and procedures, educates the public on copyright law, and develops a variety of educational activities. The Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education, who is an expert copyright attorney and one of four legal advisors to the Register, leads the division.

George Thuronyi, Deputy Director of Public Information and Education

George Thuronyi

Interim Head of the Office of Public Information and Education

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The Office of Operations is responsible for the core financial and business activities of the Copyright Office. As part of its work, the division supervises human capital, mandatory deposits and acquisitions, and strategic planning functions, as well as the Office’s budget and procurement processes, statutory royalty investments and disbursements, and resource planning. This Office also interacts with every other division that reports to the Register and frequently coordinates and assesses institutional projects, including the modernization of Copyright Office systems and processes. The Assistant Register of Copyrights and Director of Operations, who is one of the Register’s top business advisors, leads the division and coordinates the Copyright Office’s day-to-day operations.

Maria Strong, Acting Assistant Register of Copyrights and Director of Operations

Maria Strong

Acting Assistant Register of Copyrights and Director of Operations

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The Office of Copyright Records is responsible for establishing records policies and preserving, maintaining, and servicing copyright-related records. As part of its work, the division ensures the storage and security of copyright deposits, records transfers of copyright ownership, researches and provides certified and non-certified reproductions of copyright deposits, and safeguards the official records of the Copyright Office. Additionally, the Office regularly engages in discussions with leaders in the private and public sectors regarding metadata, interoperability, data management, and open government. The director of copyright records, who is an expert in public administration and one of the Register’s top business advisors, leads the division.

Denise D. Wofford, Director of Copyright Records

Denise D. Wofford

Director of Copyright Records

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Maren Read, Deputy Director of Copyright Records

Maren Read

Deputy Director of Copyright Records

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