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Maria Pallante Appointed as Register of Copyrights

By Mary Rasenberger

Today, concluding an 8 month search, the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington, announced the appointment of Maria A. Pallante as the new Register of Copyrights.

Maria has been Acting Register since January 1st of this year following the retirement of long-time Register Marybeth Peters at the end of 2010.

Until her recent appointment as Acting Register, Maria served as Senior Advisor to the Librarian following two senior positions in the Copyright Office. She was the Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs from December 2008 to October 2010 and Deputy General Counsel from January 2007 to December 2008. While in those positions, Maria was instrumental in developing and implementing domestic and international policy initiatives, including policies relating to copyright exceptions for the reading disabled, orphan works, Google books and the gap in termination provisions under the copyright law. Before returning to the Copyright Office in 2007, Maria had already had a long, esteemed career in copyright law, including a former stint at the Copyright Office as Policy Advisor in 1996-97 and serving as intellectual property counsel and director of licensing for the Guggenheim Museums, on the legal staffs of the Writers Guild and the Authors Guild, as well as in private practice.

"The position of Register of Copyrights is extremely important to the copyright community, the Library of Congress and the United States, and requires a significant skill set," said the Librarian of Congress.

The Register of Copyrights, as director of the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress, administers the U.S. Copyright Office and is responsible for all administrative functions and duties under the U.S. Copyright Act, including overseeing the copyright registration system. In addition, the Register (i) advises Congress on national and international issues relating to copyright, (ii) provides information and assistance to Federal departments and agencies and the Judiciary on national and international issues relating to copyright, (iii) participates in meetings of international intergovernmental organizations and meetings with foreign government officials relating to copyright, including serving as a member of United States delegations as authorized by the appropriate Executive branch authority, (iv) conducts studies and programs relating to copyright and related matters, and (v) performs any other function vested in the Copyright Office by law, including educational programs conducted cooperatively with foreign intellectual property offices and international intergovernmental organizations and any other functions as Congress may direct.

We wish Maria the very best in her new position.

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