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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.

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    Within the United States Copyright Office (USCO), the Office of Public Records and Repositories (PRR) is responsible for preserving, maintaining, and servicing copyright-related records in physical and digital formats. Staff of the Office of Public Records and Repositories retrieve materials for court cases, perform searches and write search reports based on registered materials and other copyright records, provide certified and non-certified copies of copyright deposits, additional certificates and other copyright records, maintain the official records of the office, and respond to inspection requests from members of the public or Congress.

    The Copyright Specialist (Documents) is located in the Recordation Section, Office of Public Records and Repositories, U.S. Copyright Office. The Copyright Specialist (Documents) reviews documents for recordability and catalogs documents.

    Analyzes the nature of procedural copyright problems or questions. Performs various routine tasks at the developmental/trainee level that are assigned to increase the employee's knowledge and understanding of the functions of the document recordation process. Determines, in consultation with a senior documents specialist, whether the document meets all recordation criteria, whether the document is acceptable for recordation, and whether the legal and formal requirements of the copyright law pertaining to document recordation have been met.

    Catalogs significant features of a work under the guidance of more experienced coworkers or the supervisor.

    Assignments are varied in nature and complexity. They are structured to provide a means by which the incumbent can display and validate a working knowledge of regulations, policies, and analytical procedures and apply an increasingly full-range of the principles, concepts, and work processes common to the occupation.

    Reviews and independently analyzes all types of routine copyright documents submitted to the section. Assists members of the public and staff of other Copyright Office divisions in determining whether documents submitted for copyright are recordable. Determines whether the legal and formal requirements of the copyright law have been met for document recordation. Ensures submitted documents are in the proper form. The material reviewed may include documents in English or foreign languages.

    The incumbent determines and inputs in final form all index terms and necessary cross references for each document entry. Index terms are entered for titles and parties as appropriate. Guidance on technical problems is received from the supervisor or the Senior Documents Specialist.

    Communicates with attorneys, authors agents, and representatives of copyright related industries as well as members of the public through various methods, including letters, telephone, and email, to answer routine copyright-related inquiries relating to document recordation.

    Answers inquiries involving general advice concerning Copyright document recordation received through in-person meetings, telephone or correspondence. Such answers generally are considered to express the opinion of the office and therefore require extreme discretion. Signs and forwards outgoing correspondence on own authority. Forwards most complex inquiries to higher level staff.
    Other duties as assigned.

    This position is located in the Recordation Section, Office of  Public Records of Repositories, Copyright Office. 

    The position description number for these positions is 250433.

    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.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1210 Copyright

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