Maria Pallante

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Maria Pallante
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Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights
12th Register of Copyrights
In office
January 1, 2011 – October 21, 2016[1]
Preceded by Marybeth Peters
Personal details
Born (1964-02-05) February 5, 1964 (age 52)
Alma mater George Washington University Law School (J.D.), Misericordia University
Occupation Attorney

Maria A. Pallante (born February 5, 1964)[2] is an American attorney who was the 12th United States Register of Copyrights. She was appointed Acting Register effective January 1, 2011, succeeding Marybeth Peters, who retired effective December 31, 2010.[3] On June 1, 2011, she was permanently appointed to the position.[4] On October 21, 2016, Pallante was appointed senior advisor for digital strategy at the Library of Congress and Karyn Temple Claggett became acting register of copyrights.[1]

Prior to her appointment, Pallante had served in the Copyright Office as Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs (2008–2010); Deputy General Counsel (2007–2008); and Policy Advisor (1996–1997).[4]

Aside from working for the Copyright Office, Pallante has been intellectual property counsel for the Guggenheim Museums (1999-2007),[5] Executive Director of the National Writers Union (1993-1995),[5] and Assistant Director of the Authors Guild (1991-1993).[5]

Shortly after becoming the Acting Register of Copyrights, Pallante purposed an ambitious plan to reinvent and update copyright law and move the Copyright Office into the 21st century. In her paper, titled The Next Great Copyright Act she states in part "it is difficult to see how a twenty-first century copyright law could function well without a twenty-first century agency”.[6]

Pallante has been a resident of Westville, New Jersey.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Librarian of Congress Makes Senior-Level Appointments". 
  2. ^ "Pallante, Maria A., 1964-", Public Catalog, United States Copyright Office 
  3. ^ "Maria Pallante Appointed Acting Register of Copyrights". News from the Library of Congress. Library of Congress. 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Maria Pallante Appointed 12th Register of Copyrights". News from the Library of Congress. Library of Congress. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  5. ^ a b c "Maria Pallante, Acting Register of Copyrights, Biographical Information". U.S. Copyright Office. Retrieved 2014-11-29. 
  6. ^ Pallante, Maria. "The Next Great Copyright Act" (PDF). Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Staff. "Copyright chief eyes web conflict", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 6, 2011. Accessed October 26, 2015. "A native of Westville, N.J., Pallante, who has two children, has spent most of her career hopping back and forth between New York and Washington."

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Government offices
Preceded by
Marybeth Peters
Register of Copyrights
2011 – present
Succeeded by