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Jacqueline Charlesworth

U.S. Copyright Office
Jacqueline Charlesworth, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, oversees the legal affairs of the U.S. Copyright Office. As General Counsel, she has primary responsibility for the legal interpretation of the U.S. Copyright Act. In addition to supervising the litigation-related and rulemaking activities of the Office, she advises Congress, the Department of Justice, and other agencies on a wide range of copyright-related law and policy matters. Charlesworth was appointed General Counsel in July 2013. Previously, she served as Sr. Counsel to the Register of Copyrights. She joined the Copyright Office in 2012 from a New York City law firm, where she focused on music and copyright issues. Before entering private practice, she held the position of Sr. VP and General Counsel of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), representing music publishers and songwriters in litigation, regulatory and other matters. Prior to that, she served as Sr. VP and General Counsel of The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA). In addition to precedential copyright cases, Charlesworth has handled significant transactional matters within the music industry. Acting on behalf of publishers and songwriters, she worked with digital media companies and record labels to enable the launch of early on-demand streaming services, successfully negotiating the first rates and terms for those services to be adopted under the statutory licensing provisions of the Copyright Act. She is also responsible for a long-term, multi-party agreement to improve industry licensing practices.