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AUTHOR: Karyn A. Temple

Karyn A. Temple served as the 13th Register of Copyrights and the Director of the U.S. Copyright Office until January 3, 2020. Appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on March 27, 2019, Temple led a 400-person workforce and directed the administration of important provisions of the United States Copyright Act, Title 17. Prior to her appointment, Temple served as Acting Register of Copyrights from October 21, 2016 to March 26, 2019, and as Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs for the United States Copyright Office from January 30, 2013 to October 21, 2016. From 2011 to 2013, she served as senior counsel in the Office of Policy and International Affairs. Temple earned her JD from the Columbia University Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She earned her BA in English from the University of Michigan. For more information about Temple and the duties of the Register of Copyrights, visit

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