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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 Office of Registration Policy and Practice (RPP) examines copyright applications and deposits; issues certificates of registration; and catalogs copyright submissions.  The Supervisory Copyright Specialist (Registration) serves as the Assistant Division Chief in the Visual Arts Division.

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    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.

    RPP provides leadership to the Copyright Office in the development and adoption of new solutions to improve quality, productivity, and efficiency in the Registration Program that will provide benefits to creators and the general public.

    The position description number for these positions is 085506.

    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 position is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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

    Working jointly with top management, ensures uniform application of practices, and procedures. Examines trends and problems and makes recommendations to improve reliability of practices.

    Plans, conducts and directs registration research studies related to claims. Decides whether complicated or unique claims submitted are registerable. Reviews and prepares statements of opinion concerning appeals for rejected claims, and proposes recommendations to increase the rate of registered claims.

    Independently replies to inquiries concerning complex and unusual copyright registration issues and makes sure information is communicated professionally. Evaluates all types of claims handled by the area for copyright ability.

    Communicates in writing the results of review and evaluation including explaining rejections or cautionary statements. As appropriate, engages in in-depth research as necessary prior to responding. As an expert, provides technical advice to division staff. Answers difficult technical inquires related to registration (where applicable).

    Serves as a technical resource expert on complex cases including those involving difficult copyrightable judgments, multiple interconnected problems and interactions of legal issues and precedents. Makes determinations concerning selection for Library collection materials. Grants or denies special relief based on guidelines and practices. In consult with supervisor, may rule upon cases setting precedent, and which may directly challenge the policies and authority of the Office.

    Recommends expanding or revising rules utilized to create the public record. Establishes and maintains authority files to ensure the record’s consistency. Solves staff's technical inquiries concerning the interpretation of very complex issues encountered when creating the public record. If problems appear irresolvable under existing guidelines and practices, refers them to the Division Chief or Associate Register with recommendations for changes. Rules upon significant issues arising from existing practices affecting the completeness, accuracy, or effectiveness of the copyright record.

    Comprehensively evaluates various operational functions within the division to monitor progress toward goals and objectives. Recommends changing policies or procedures, as necessary.

    Manages a group of employees engaged in work at the GS-13 level and below, and provides technical guidance and supervision appropriate for completing the unit’s work. Performs the administrative and supervisory functions related to supervising the staff. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff and clearly communicates using the formal employee performance management system. Evaluates workers' performance and conducts work performance critiques.

    Performs other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1210 Copyright

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