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Maria Strong Named Acting U.S. Copyright Register Amid Search for Permanent Chief

January 4, 2020

The U.S. Copyright Office has appointed Associate Register of Copyrights Maria Strong as the new acting register of copyrights effective Jan. 5, 2020, when current chief Karyn Temple steps down. 

Temple only just stepped into the official role in March, after holding the job on an acting basis for two and a half years. Strong, like Temple, was appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Temple announced last week that she would be leaving the Copyright Office to accept a role as the Motion Picture Association's global general counsel.

“I am pleased to announce that Maria Strong has agreed to act as Register of Copyrights,” Hayden said in a statement. “Maria has had a stellar career here in the Copyright Office, and we are confident that she will ably guide the office and continue to advance its many ongoing initiatives like modernization while we undertake the search for a permanent appointee.”

Added Temple: "Maria Strong is an extremely talented lawyer and manager, and I have greatly enjoyed working with her over the years. She will serve the Copyright Office and the public well during this transition."

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