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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 Paralegal Specialist works in the Office of General Counsel of the Copyright Office, and performs legal research and analysis; collects, analyzes, and prepares documents for disclosure in response to litigation or FOIA requests; drafts documents and materials; monitors dockets and filings; and maintains legal files.

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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.

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

    The position description numbers for the position are 404931 and 386466. 

    Full performance level is GS-11.

    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 non-supervisory, bargaining unit positions.

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

    Using a working knowledge of copyright law, performs legal research and analysis of legal decisions, opinions, ruling, and memoranda and regulations, selecting from these materials pertinent principles of law before preparing memoranda or digests of the points of law at issue. May make recommendations of courses of action to follow, subject to attorney review and approval.  Also analyses facts and legal questions presented by Copyright Office personnel administering specific Federal laws or Copyright Office Regulations, providing answers in those cases where the matter has been settled by precedents or agency policy.

    Examines and evaluates requests for information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts; conducts document search, review, and collection to determine if documents or segregable portions of them can be released.  Consult with other Federal and State agencies regarding the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act regulations and related cases and requests, and assist with any ensuing litigation.

    Prepares materials for civil litigation, including the collection and assembly of material to form the administrative record or relevant discovery in litigation, and assisting with search, review, and processing.  Prepares litigation reports in connection with lawsuits filed against the agency.  Responds to inquiries from Copyright Office personnel and other persons regarding the applicability of federal laws and the Copyright Office regulations to various situations, directing his/her attention to the policy which may be used in decision-making.

    Drafts proposed regulations and other submissions to the Federal Register, and policy-related and congressionally-directed documents, including cite-checking, blue-booking, proofing, and formatting materials.  Helps maintain Office-wide style guide for regulatory and policy documents.  Prepares official written materials for posting on copyright.gov, Newsnet, social media, or intranet, and communicates and collaborates with all relevant departments within the Library/Copyright Office to further the communication goals of the Office of General Counsel.

    Monitors civil dockets in cases where the Copyright Office is a party, or the government may otherwise have an interest in the copyright matter being litigated, and communicates with other relevant personnel.  Works with assigned attorneys and other agencies to facilitate timely Copyright Office filings before federal courts.

    Maintains the Office’s legal records and works to actively maintain organization and improvement of file management, in coordination with attorneys, administrative assistants, and others in OGC or PIA or the Office of the Register of Copyrights.

    Helps to plan copyright law and policy events, hearings, roundtables, speeches, symposiums, etc., including preparing slides or presentation materials, coordinating logistics, managing invitation lists, working with other departments on procuring resources, invitations, and other related duties.

    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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