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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 Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (General), is to provide legal advice and counsel on matters related to the policies and procedures of the Copyright Claims Board.

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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. Through the Copyright Claims Board, it also administers an efficient and user-friendly forum to decide lower-monetary value copyright claims for participants who have opted to have their disputes resolved by the Board.

    The position description numbers for this position is 411493.

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

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

    This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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

    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.  OFFICIAL documents will be required if SELECTED.

    The applicant must be an attorney who must meet the qualifications requirements outlined in title 17, chapter 15, §1502(b)(3)(B): “Each Copyright Claims Attorney shall be an attorney who has not fewer than 3 years of substantial experience in copyright law.”

    This position reports to a Copyright Claims Officer in the Copyright Claims Board. The position supervises the support staff for the Copyright Claims Board, including the Attorney-Advisor (General), Paralegal and Program Specialist.

    Provides administrative and technical supervision relative to the staff supervised. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees. Observes workers’ performance; conducts work performance critiques. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff and clearly communicates these through the formal employee performance management system.

    Conducts extensive legal research on questions of law relating to civil copyright disputes and the regulations, policies, and procedures of the Copyright Claims Board. Performs analyses on the interpretation and application of statutes, regulations, or case law which affect the work of the Copyright Claims Officers. Applies a comprehensive knowledge of a range of specialized areas of the law to the administration of the duties of the Copyright Claims Board.

    Prepares a variety of analytical reports, memoranda, and other written materials on questions concerning the Copyright Claims Board, copyright, and other issues within the employee’s area of professional knowledge, including on matters of potential significance to the Copyright Claims Officers. Prepares probing written legal analyses.

    Provides professional legal advice and related services to the Copyright Claims Officers on legal and factual matters concerning copyright, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, and the policies, regulations, and procedures of the Copyright Claims Board and Copyright Office.

    Serves as an expert on all legal and factual matters concerning copyright, including copyright infringement and defenses. Uses expertise involving matters of complex and difficult legal or factual issues to aid in the evaluation of issues before the Copyright Claims Board.

    Serves as an agency expert in providing legal opinions and advisory statements regarding complicated questions related to the program that can be adopted without significant change. Ensures the policies, procedures, and regulations are consistent with the intent of the law and are administratively sound, efficient, and economical in operation.

    Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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