Maria Pallante Named Head Of US Copyright Office

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A lawyer with experience representing copyright holders such as authors and museums today was named the top copyright official in the United States government.

Maria Pallante was named the US Register of Copyrights, making her head of the Copyright Office, which is housed in the Library of Congress (and has been part of it since 1870), separate from the US Patent and Trademark Office. Pallante has been acting in the role since the December retirement of Marybeth Peters, and has been at the office since 2008.

The Copyright Office press release and bio is here.

A range of stakeholders representing rights holders and the public interest issued statements in support of the appointment.

William New may be reached at wnew@ip-watch.ch.

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