Robert J. Kasunic
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practices, United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., Columbia; J.D., University of Baltimore
Professor Kasunic is the Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practices at the United States Copyright Office. In his new role,...Continue Reading
Professor Kasunic is the Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practices at the United States Copyright Office. In his new role, Kasunic will serve as the principal advisor to the Register of Copyrights on legal and business issues relating to the administration of the national copyright registration system; will manage a large staff of subject matter experts; and will work collaboratively with senior staff across the Copyright Office and the greater Library of Congress to create and maintain 21st century standards for registration of claims, deposit of creative works and the creation of public records. He will play a major role in implementing the Office's forthcoming Compendium of Copyright Office Practices this fall.
Prior to assuming his new position, Professor Kasunic was the Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Copyright Office where he counseled and advised the Register of Copyrights, senior staff, and other agencies in the U.S. Government, including the Departments of Justice and Department of State. At the Copyright Office, Professor Kasunic has been involved with a wide array of domestic Internet, technology, and Digital Millennium Copyright Act issues before the Office. He has been the primary attorney in charge of the triennial Section 1201 Rulemaking process since its inception in 2000 through 2010, assisted with the Office's Orphan Works Report, and assisted with the Section 104 Report mandated by the DMCA. He has been involved with numerous litigation and appellate issues involving the Copyright Office. He regularly assisted the Solicitor General's Office in copyright cases before the Supreme Court, including the Government's activity in MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd. He has recently been focused on revision of the Office's regulations and policies relating to registration of claims of copyright.
During the 2006-2007 academic year, Professor Kasunic was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the