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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.

    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 documents will be accepted for application review purposes only. OFFICIAL documents will be required if SELECTED.

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

    The position description number for this position is 12595.

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

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit positions.

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

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    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. Provides advice on novel questions and responds to substantive or procedural questions concerning violations of law or other areas of legal expertise. Advises the Library and outside agencies on interpretations of specialized areas of law and assists in planning policies affecting the Library's position. Evaluates the merits of complex laws, legislative proposals, regulations and policies governing the administration of title 17. Demonstrates stature in the legal profession both through the accomplishment of legal work characterized by enduring significance and complexity and through the level and quality of professional associations. Provides professional legal advice and related services to the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and the Register of Copyrights on matters concerning specified matters relating to the administration of title 17, including the implementation of procedures pursuant to the amendment of title 17. As requested by the General Counsel or the Deputy General Counsel, provides legal advice and guidance to less senior staff members.

    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. Drafts the most complex regulations and policies dealing with the administration of title 17 and makes recommendations for revisions to existing procedures and policies based on changes in the law, developments in technology, developments in the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office and other decisions or developments that affect title 17.

    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. Prepares written material on matters of potential significance to the courts, the Copyright Office and the Library and on matters relating to pending reports, advisory committees, professional organizations, and other interested parties. Drafts reports and notices in the Federal Register soliciting responses on matters related to the administration of title 17. Drafts or reviews and prepares substantive comments on others' drafts of any regulations required in the administration of title 17. Analyzes Library operations, precedents, and current practices to recommend management's position on issues related to various legal areas.

    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. Serves as a principal liaison between the Library and other agencies or Congress on specific matters or areas related to the administration of title 17. Also serves as a liaison for the General Counsel's Office with other divisions of the Copyright Office and others.

    Performs other related duties as assigned.

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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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