Maria A. Pallante has been promoted to the position of associate register for policy and international Affairs in the U.S. Copyright Office. The appointment was made by Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters.
Previously, Pallante served as deputy general counsel for the Copyright Office, where she has helped shape a wide range of domestic and international copyright issues.
She has been the office’s lead counsel on orphan works legislation, working with stakeholders and advising key offices of the Senate and House on related issues. She worked from 1996-1997 as a policy planner in the office she is to head. In her new position, she succeeds David O. Carson, who will return to his former position as general counsel of the office.
From 1999 – 2006, Pallante served as the chief intellectual property counsel for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York, where she was responsible for the auditing, enforcement and licensing of intellectual property assets.
Pallante began her legal career in copyright in 1991 as a staff attorney with the Authors Guild, and later served as executive director of the National Writers Union. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University Law School.