Today James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, has confirmed Maria A. Pallante as the 12th Register of Copyrights and Director of the United States Copyright Office, effective today. Ms. Pallante has been serving as the Acting Register since December 31, 2010, when Marybeth Peters, the 11th Register, retired.
Prior to assuming the role as Register, Pallante worked in the US Copyright Office as the Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs (2008-2010) as well as the Deputy General Counsel (2007-2008).
“Maria’s background and experience make her an ideal choice to lead the Copyright Office at this time,” Billington said. “She is a thoughtful civil servant, a proven and effective manager, a leader in the wider copyright community and a recognized expert in domestic and international copyright law.”