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REQUIREMENTS: Applicants MUST be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, District of Columbia, territory of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

*Proof of education(copy of transcripts) and bar membership MUST be provided with the application. Scanned or faxed documents will be accepted for application review purposes only (FAX 202-707-1454). OFFICIAL documents will be required if SELECTED.
The selected applicant may be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
Copyright is protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works. The United States Copyright Office, a service unit of the Library of Congress under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers Copyright Law, advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers copyright registrations; provides collections materials to the Library through voluntary registration and mandatory deposit programs; records documents relating to copyright chain of title; administers statutory license provisions of the law, including collecting and distributing royalties; maintains the world’s largest database of copyright public records; and, provides information and reference services to the public.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide legal advice and counsel on matters related to the administration of Title 17, including the registration and recordation of claims to copyright, administration of copyright deposit matters, and other matters related to emerging technologies that affect the administration and development of Title 17.

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Register, Copyright Office.

The position description number for this position is 012595.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


Serves as an expert on all legal and factual matters related to the administration of title 17 of the U.S. Code, including matters related to registration and recordation of claims but also emerging technological issues such as those involved in 17 U.S.C 1201 or new subjects other than compulsory licenses which have been added to title 17. This includes matters where complex and difficult legal questions or factual issues are involved such as drafting proposed legislation to modify title 17. Provides authoritative advice and assistance on all policy and legal issues in these areas. These issues include dealing with confidential and sensitive questions that cut across organizational lines and affect the administration and resources of the Library.

Prepares probing and innovative written legal analyses, and other analytical documents such as reports requested by Congress or memoranda on complex legal questions arising from the administration of title 17. Applies a comprehensive knowledge of a range of specialized areas of the law to the development, interpretation, and implementation of sensitive public policies with long-range national or international significance.

Conducts extensive legal research on highly intricate and exceedingly complex and novel questions of law and policy concerning all aspects of title 17. Performs analyses involving the interpretation and application of complex laws and regulations, or court rulings affecting the administration of title 17. Prepares complex proposals, responses to policy inquiries, letters, legal memoranda, litigation materials, and testimony. Analyzes complex proposals originating from other departments/agencies, including the Department of Justice, Congress, or the White House and responds to substantive or procedural questions concerning the operation of the title 17.

Represents the Copyright Office at professional, business, and bar association meetings and symposia. Acts as the legal counsel to the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel. Duties are performed under the direction of the Copyright General Counsel or the Deputy General Counsel. Develops networks of key national and international individuals and organizations, and communicates regularly to share and receive critical information. Serves as one of the Library's principal authorities on litigation matters related to registration or recordation of claims, mandatory deposit or other subjects included in title 17.

Relocation Authorized

  • No