Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante announced April 16, 2013, that she has appointed Robert J. Kasunic to the position of Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice. Kasunic served most recently as Deputy General Counsel of the Copyright Office where he oversaw the implementation of policy, regulations, and practices on copyright registration and deposit issues; and worked regularly with the Department of Justice on related litigation.
In his new role, Kasunic will serve as the principal advisor to the Register on legal and business issues relating to the administration of the national registration system; will manage a large staff of subject matter experts; and will work collaboratively with senior staff across the Copyright Office and the greater Library of Congress to create and maintain 21st century standards for registration of claims, deposit of creative works and the creation of public records. He will play a major role in implementing the Office’s forthcoming Compendium of Copyright Office Practices this fall.
Kasunic joined the Copyright Office in 2000 as a senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel and was elevated to principal legal advisor in 2003. In 2010 he was promoted to Deputy General Counsel and in 2012 served as the acting chief of the Registration Program’s Performing Arts Division. Prior to joining the Office, his private practice included major copyright litigation.
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