The Motion Picture Association has named Karyn A. Temple as its newest global general counsel. She joins Hollywood’s top trade organization after spending more than eight years at the U.S. Copyright Office, including most recently as the Register of Copyrights.
“I can think of no better person than Karyn Temple, one of the world’s leading experts on copyright, to help us advocate for our members’ global film, television and streaming businesses at this pivotal time of transformation in the industry,” said MPAA chairman Charles Rivkin. “Strong copyright is the foundation of the creative economy, and Karyn’s knowledge and expertise will ensure that we continue to protect and promote the industry’s ability to successfully share their stories with audiences around the world.”
Temple, a graduate of Columbia University Law School, has spent most of her time in the public sector. Before rising the ranks at the U.S. Copyright Office, she did policy work at the Department of Justice and also participated on the DOJ’s intellectual property task force. She does have some private sector experience too, having spent time at the law firm of Williams & Connolly as well as being a vice president at the Recording Industry Association of America where she was charged with managing litigation.
Temple steps into a role formerly occupied by Steven Fabrizio, who was fired in August amid allegations of alleged rape and blackmail. Those charges still remain pending in Washington D.C.
Now at the MPA, Temple will oversee legal work for a Hollywood group that has a presence in 27 countries and is adapting to an era where copyrighted work is increasingly being streamed. She will begin work in January.
Temple began working at the Copyright Office in 2011, first in the Office of Policy and International Affairs. She served as Acting Register of Copyrights from October 2016 until March 2019, when she was appointed Register.
“Karyn has been a huge asset for the U.S. Copyright Office throughout her tenure here,” commented Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “Her leadership in the effort to modernize the Copyright Office’s IT infrastructure, in close collaboration with the Library of Congress, has greatly improved critical functions and paved the way for a modernized Copyright system.”
Hayden will appoint an Acting Register while a search is conducted for the next Register.
A version of this article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.