On March 27, 2019, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the appointment of Karyn A. Temple as the 13th Register of Copyrights. She had served as the Acting Register of Copyrights since October 21, 2016.
According to the Library of Congress press release, Dr. Hayden stated, “I am pleased to announce that Karyn Temple will serve as the 13th United States Register of Copyrights. Karyn has done a superb job as Acting Register for the last two and half years, leveraging her skills as both a copyright lawyer and accomplished manager to provide excellent leadership for the Copyright Office. Of the thirteen Registers of Copyright in U.S. history, [she] will be the first person of color to hold this position.”
Prior to her appointment as Acting Register, newly-appointed Register Temple had served since 2013 as Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs for the United States Copyright Office. In that role, she oversaw the office’s domestic and international policy analyses, legislative support and international negotiations.
Before joining the Copyright Office in 2011, Register Temple served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, where she helped formulate Department of Justice policy on legal issues and helped manage the Department of Justice’s Task Force on Intellectual Property. She also spent several years in the private sector as Vice President, Litigation and Legal Affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America and worked at the law firm Williams & Connolly, LLP.
Register Temple began her legal career as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division through its Honors Program, and served as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She received her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Below is a compilation of statements, press releases, articles and social media coverage regarding Register Temple’s appointment: