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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 Attorney-Advisor (General) provides 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 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.”

    The position description number for this position are  411630 and 411631.

    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.

    This position reports to the Supervisory Copyright Claims Attorney-Advisor.

    Serves as an expert on legal and factual matters on administrative proceedings in the areas of copyright, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, and the policies, regulations, and procedures of the Copyright Claims Board and Copyright Office. Informs senior management staff and officials at multiple levels of the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office on matters related to chapter 15 of title 17. Consults with delegates of the Register of Copyrights on issues of law. Provides legal counsel to the Copyright Claims Board.

    Independently provides advice on areas of law in which the research direction is not clear-cut or the legal issues require the advice and guidance of experts. Provides legal opinions involving all aspects of copyright infringement, defenses, and civil procedure.

    Provides authoritative technical advice and guidance to other attorneys, agency personnel, and members of the public on various areas of law, including information to potential claimants contemplating bringing a permissible action before the Copyright Claims Board about obtaining a subpoena under section 512(h) for the sole purpose of identifying a potential respondent in such an action. When applicable, recommends appropriate actions.

    Performs probing legal research to prepare documents on copyright legal disputes, justifying recommendations or conclusions.

    Independently plans, schedules, conducts, and completes legal research, within the statutory or regulatory time limits, with limited supervisory guidance and demonstrates comprehensive master legal research skills.  Drafts determinations, public materials, policies regarding the proceedings of the Copyright Claims Board, and other documents as required by the Copyright Claims Board. Prepares memoranda or reports outlining the facts and legal issues, explaining the application of legal principles and precedents, and justifying recommendations or conclusions.

    Reviews legal and administrative matters such as proposed administrative policies, procedures and regulations, and evaluates their legality and effect on the program. Analyzes the factual and legal issues presented to determine whether further information is needed, and if so, how best to obtain that information.

    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.

    Prepares legal materials and documents in consultation with the Copyright Claims Officers and senior Copyright Claims Attorney. Posts Copyright Claims Board decisions on the Board’s website and manages public-facing materials.

    Prepares new memoranda and guides for interpretation resulting from changes in statutory law, national policy, and new court decisions. The finished products are in final form and require little, if any, supervisory review. As directed, may serve as a resource to attorneys at the Department of Justice on appeals of decisions rendered by the Copyright Claims Board.

    Performs other related duties as assigned.

    This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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