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    Copyright is a form of legal 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, located within the Library of Congress and under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers the Copyright Law, advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers the national copyright registration system; 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.

    These positions are located in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Register, U.S. Copyright Office.

    The position description numbers for these positions are 12751 and 12752.

    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.

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    Based on complete legal research in a very complex area of law where unusual conditions, problems, or questions must be resolved first, the incumbent prepares probing, innovative, and fully and accurately documented written arguments, briefs, studies or other analytical documents which involve complex legal or policy variables within broad areas of U.S. copyright law, and other matters contained in title 17, foreign and international copyright law and jurisprudence. These analyses relate to the development, interpretation, implementation, and history of primarily national policies. These analyses may review unresolved legal issues; synthesize and simplify complicated legal problems; define, describe, and compare legal alternatives; assess constraints; summarize study results; and present findings effectively and cogently to aid in examining copyright and intellectual property with primarily national implications.

    Prepares regulations, briefs, motions and other legal materials and documents in consultation with the General Counsel or Associate General Counsel. The finished product should be in final form and require little supervisory review. As directed, may serve as a resource to the principal trial attorney.

    Prepares for the General Counsel or Associate General Counsel or other senior staff, members of Congress and their staff and high level officials from other agencies and private organizations authoritative descriptive and background reports, compilations, surveys, comparison of laws and bills, and other written projects that are characterized by substantial breadth and depth and cover all pertinent factors and relationships. Such reports contribute significantly to the understanding of the nature of legal problems affecting the Office primarily on the domestic fronts while cognizant of any international developments or implications and provide an authoritative basis for the consideration of legislative or regulatory proposals.

    Prepares new procedures and guides for interpretation resulting from changes in statutory law, national policy, or new court decisions.

    Prepares thorough, balanced and persuasive memoranda or reports outlining the facts and legal issues, explaining the application of legal principles and precedents, and justifying recommendations or conclusions.

    Performs probing and innovative legal research in specialized areas of the law where unusual conditions, problems, or questions must be resolved first in order to prepare in-depth analyses, arguments, briefs, and analytical documents on a variety of specialized fields of law. Researches precedents, applicable statutes, and other resources to provide opinions regarding proposed changes in policies.

    The incumbent is expected to be able to complete such research independently and to need little guidance from the supervisor or senior staff. The incumbent is also expected to possess outstanding research skills.

    Reviews difficult and complex legal and administrative matters such as proposed administrative policies, procedures, regulations, and other agency publication to evaluate the legality and effect on the agency. Analyzes the factual and legal issues presented to determine whether further information is needed, and if so, how best to obtain that information.

    Presents information and balanced analyses on complex copyright and intellectual property questions to the General Counsel or Associate General Counsel or other senior level staff on various aspects of domestic issues relating to regulations and cases that are under consideration or in-process.

    As requested, provides authoritative technical advice and guidance to other attorneys, members of Congress and their staff, agency personnel, personnel at other agencies or private organizations and members of the public on a variety of areas of law where unusual conditions, problems, or questions must be resolved. Where applicable recommends appropriate actions.

    Prepares and delivers oral presentations at copyright programs employing the incumbent's broad knowledge of legal issues and current copyright and intellectual property concerns.

    May participate in discussions of practices and procedures affecting office interpretation of regulations or preliminary meetings.

    Ensures that the public is served by performing a wide range of responsibilities where unusual conditions, problems, or questions must be resolved.

    Prepares and delivers presentations at programs or meetings employing the incumbent's broad knowledge of legal issues and current copyright and intellectual property concerns.

    Works with appropriate staff to develop and recommend strategies to examine and improve services to copyright constituencies and to secure congressional understanding and support for legislation related to the mission of the Office.

    Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

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