Register of Copyrights to Retire

Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters has announced her intention to retire effective December 31, 2010. Ms. Peters has served as Register of Copyrights since August 7, 1994, a tenure longer than any other Register with the exception of Thorvald Solberg, the first Register. Her exemplary service to the nation began in the Library of Congress in October 1965, and she began working in the Copyright Office in 1966. During her 45-year career, she has held positions at all levels in the Office including acting general counsel, policy planning advisor, chief of the Examining Division, chief of the Information and Reference Division, attorney-advisor, and music examiner. She also served as a consultant on copyright law to the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva (1989-1990).

The Library of Congress has posted a vacancy announcement for the position of Register of Copyrights.  Ms. Peters was a supporter of Orphan Works legislation, so her replacement may influence the direction of future OW bills.

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